Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Have you ever been suspicious of a situation or someone? In my lifetime, I know there are too many times to count. As a pastor, that can lead into other troubles. When I was a pastor in California, I had someone make their way to the stage and reach into their bag across their body and began pulling something out. I thought to myself, they have a gun, and immediately began taking measures to disarm the person. But then, I saw they were pulling an envelop. It was a fake subpoena and meant only to scare me. It worked.
Life can bring many challenges and after a while those challenges can lead to suspicion. When someone complains you can be suspicious. We can become suspicious of our civil servants, banks, family, you name it you can become overcome with suspicion. That is itself is evil. On the other hand, we can also be attracted to a pretty face and will do just about anything to win them, only to find out their motives are evil too. The question becomes, “What can I do and where can I turn?”
Since the fall of man, evil has prevailed. It took the finished work of Jesus to make things right. He stood against the religious rulers and spoke only the truth. He made Himself home with the poor and lowly. He went to the cross for all who would believe. He died making the only way to God. More than that, He did not leave us, as we are. We are made whole from the inside out. Too many times we want to put lipstick on a pig. Meaning, we want to make the outer person the way we want them to be. Without spiritual change, they will return to the way they were. Jesus never showed evil because His nature was God. He is God and there was no evil in Him. He endured the cross and gave His life to save us, then, cause us to put away from us the evil which is a natural part of us. (Galatians 5:16-26)
Because we are sinners by nature, we will want to given in to sin. If we are truly saved, we don’t have to give in to sin. We are new creatures when we are saved. A new creature seeks life apart from what they once were. Therefore, don’t seek evil… seek righteousness. I will not promise it will prolong your days, but it will cause a difference in you.
Think about it.