Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Do Not be Overcome by Evil

Have you ever handled a situation in an honorable manner only to have the conclusion not turn out as you had hoped? Was it then tempting to conduct yourself in a deceitful way to reach the desired outcome?

I must admit, this thought does go through my mind from time to time. Perhaps a promise was made to me, in good faith, and then broken. Do I get the urge to take what was supposed to be given to me? If this occurs on a regular basis with the same individual then, yes, I do feel the pestering, whisper of temptation--- the little devil on my shoulder--- taunting me as to why I would be justified in behaving unethically.

Or maybe I see a fraudulent person successfully manipulating a situation, with my honest recourse not hindering his/her actions. Do I then cheat the cheater? I could rationalize I had to “fight fire with fire”. But is that glorifying to God? I was not created to get justice but to exalt God. He takes care of the vengeance part.
19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Romans 12:19-21. NIV.)

I have to be honest. It is so hard for me, sometimes, to not swindle the scoundrel. I want what is right, good, and fair…not for a crook to take advantage of people and circumstances without consequences or repentance. How can some lie, hurt, defraud, and steal from others and not feel any sort of remorse? It infuriates me!

As I study to reach my goal of becoming a children’s attorney, I know I will face a multitude of sticky situations. I will need to preach to myself, daily.

1The LORD is a God who avenges.
O God who avenges, shine forth.
2Rise up, Judge of the earth;
pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3How long, LORD, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?

4They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.
5They crush your people, LORD;
they oppress your inheritance.
6They slay the widow and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.
7They say, “The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob takes no notice.”

8Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?
10Does he who disciplines nations not punish?
Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
11The LORD knows all human plans;
he knows that they are futile.

12Blessed is the one you discipline, LORD,
the one you teach from your law;
13you grant them relief from days of trouble,
till a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For the LORD will not reject his people;
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17Unless the LORD had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
19When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.

20Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21The wicked band together against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
22But the LORD has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
23He will repay them for their sins
and destroy them for their wickedness;
the LORD our God will destroy them.
(Psalm 94. NIV.)

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