Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Evil. Most often when we think of evil we think of Satan and his obvious workers: Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Edi Amin, Saddam Hussein, etc. Or we think of something like the Oklahoma bombing, or the school shootings that have affected us all. These are all evil men and evil acts, but most of us are not in a position to overcome this evil with good.
However there is an evil that affects us each and every day, a kind of evil that we have been given the power to overcomethe evil that is perpetuated upon disciples of Jesus by so called brothers and sisters. Jesus warned us of this:
Remember the word that I said to you, A slave is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:20
This type of evil is part of our lot in this world. If you will not settle for religion, but instead become followers of Jesus, you will be persecuted.
And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12
Much of this comes at the hands and mouths of so called believers. This is not unusual. Jesus was persecuted by the religionists of His day. When reviled, He did not revile in return. When slandered, He did not slander in return. When lied about, He did not lie in return. In all these, He overcame evil with good. He blessed and did not curse. He spoke the Truth in love. He fed the poor, He healed the afflicted, He offered comfort to the downtrodden. We must do the same if we are to become normal Christians as depicted in the New Testament.
We need the Grace of God to live His Way. In fact, He has offered us an even greater grace that will continuously empower us to overcome evil with good:
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:6-8
Do you want this greater grace to overcome evil? Its free! Its simple! And it will cost you your whole life. Submit, Resist, Draw Near, Cleanse, and Purify. He has offered us all we need to fulfill His purpose in us and through us. Do your part and He will do His!