16 Jun Conquer Evil with Good (Mt 5:39) by Dr. Rich Reich
“But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.” ~ Mt 5:39 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s reading, Jesus tells us to offer no resistance to one who is evil, but that does not mean that we are not supposed to resist Satan himself. (Jms 4:7) Rather, it means that we are not to struggle against flesh and blood (other human beings; our brothers and sisters), but against the spiritual forces of evil. (Eph 6:12) In defense of the unborn, we can become very passionate about what we believe. This passion can sometimes feed our anger and lead to the desire for vengeance; however, we are asked to not take revenge, but to leave room for God’s wrath. (Rom 12:19) Allowing ourselves to get angry towards our brothers and sisters who do not share our same value for the dignity of all human life, only allows evil to conquer us. As Christians, we should look at Jesus as our model. Jesus’ lack of resistance at Calvary brought down the kingdom of darkness. The most resistant hearts were broken open and humanity was saved. By peaceful and loving protest against the evil of abortion (through prayer and awareness), we too can transform hearts and conquer evil with good.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Conquer evil with good. Show love towards those who do not share our same value for the dignity of all human life.
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Faith Quote: “Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Through Christ our Lord,