Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 28, 2016
By Tripp Prince
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Terrorist attacks. Racism. Violence. Hatred. Fear.
Take one look at your phone or newsfeed over the past few weeks and it is undeniable that the world simply is not as it should be. Sin has fractured our relationship with God and with one another, and we feel the effects every single day. In a world where evil seems to be on the rise with each passing moment, how are we meant to respond? How do we live as faithful followers of Christ in the midst of such pain and brokenness?
It is easy to see the needs of the world and feel helpless and overwhelmed, wondering how we can possibly make a difference or bring about peace and hope. I believe it is important to remember that faithfulness begins with seemingly unremarkable acts of goodness and love. You or I as individuals likely will not be able to solve global injustices or terror threats, yet we can seek to bring God’s peace to our neighborhoods, families, and workplaces. Where on your own street is there injustice that you can seek to overcome? Where in your family is there brokenness and hurt that needs the healing touch of Christ?
Faithful Christian discipleship is often found in the small, unseen places. It is the daily life of prayer and repentance that God uses to change the world. We join him in his renewing work when we turn away from sin and evil and let our lives be filled with the goodness of his presence. As the great novelist Leo Tolstoy once said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).
When you see stories of evil and sorrow that leave you speechless, do not be overcome with despair. Instead, look close to home and ask the Lord to show you how you can be an agent of his goodness and love in the spheres of influence he has given you. This is how we as Christians learn to faithfully follow Jesus in the midst of a confusing and broken world. As we resist evil and overcome it with good, we encounter a foretaste of the goodness and justice of His coming Kingdom!
PrayerFather, defend us from evil we pray, and give us hearts of compassion and courage that we might faithfully share your love with a world in need.
ApplicationAre there ways in your life, great or small, that you can begin to overcome evil with the goodness and love of Christ?
Related ReadingPsalm 37:27; Proverbs 11:27; Luke 6:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 3 John 11
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