Daily Devotional: Day 22
“Do not be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21, KJV).
No one is immune to trials and temptation. You know that Jesus himself wasn’t spared the pain of dealing with evil. This means we, too, will have our fair share of confronting evil. After all, as Jesus said, a servant is not above his Master (Read John 15:20). Today’s Bible verse says we must not be overcome by evil, but we should overcome evil with good. Ponder over this for a moment. Notice that the Bible doesn’t say you should fight evil. Rather, it says, overcome it. If you overcome evil, then you don’t need to fight it. In this world, dealing with evil is inevitable. You’re going to deal with evil people who wrong you or seek your destruction. Some of these people are agents of Satan, whether they know it or not. The question is: How would you overcome the presence of evil in your life? The Word of God tells you how: You will overcome evil with good. There’s no other way.
God believes in you, because you’re his “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Read Ephesians 2:10). This means power for good resides in you. In the new creation, God has equipped your spirit with everything you need for victory over evil. You’ve become like God. Consequently, if God can overcome evil, so can you. Don’t be astonished. I’m simply describing who God’s says you are: You’re His/Her Royal Highness, child of the Most High God. You’re not evil; you’re good, just like your Father. Anticipate that evil people shall rise against you. When they do, never respond to evil with evil. You can’t overcome evil with evil; you’ll only make a bad situation worse – which is what the Devil wants. Your victory lies in responding to evil with good. Fighting evil is good. But overcoming evil is better. Choose the latter.
I’m a royal, child of the Most High God. I’m just like my Father. His good spirit fills my heart. Therefore, I’m not evil. I’m God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. I’m, therefore, an overcomer of evil through Christ Jesus who gives me the victory. Amen.
For further study: Genesis 4:1-7; Romans 12:9-21