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Monday, April 15, 2013

2MefromHim Weekly Devotional - April 15

Overcome Evil with Good

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door;
it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Genesis 4:6-7
             Three men lay dead or wounded as their shattered family looked on in horror. The scene lives in my imagination, knowing how it feels to lose someone I love in an instant. The shock, the pain, the fear is overwhelming.
         We see it played out on the news every day, lives wasted because someone thought their own wants were more important than someone else’s life; because someone let their anger get the best of them; because someone loved themselves and had no love for others. I never met those who died, but I knew family members who survived.
           Almost one hundred years ago, my great grandfather and great uncle were murdered in full view of their family. The killers went free. No one testified to the truth because they were afraid. The pain lives on, as the family of the killers benefit from the spoils of their evil deeds. I have read their claims of innocence, but God knows the evil that was in their hearts. He will not allow the guilty to go unpunished.
            I read my great grandparents’ plea to settle the dispute in a legal manner. Their attempt to gain justice signed their death warrants. How many times do we try to do right, only to have it blow up in our face? How many reports have we seen of a world where people are out to serve their own needs, regardless of the cost to others?
            Cain was very angry because his brother’s sacrifice pleased God and his did not. God warned him of the consequences of his choice. “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” Killing Abel didn’t make things right.
            Things have not changed since the days of the Old West. It is easy to let anger take control. It is easy to allow disagreement to escalate to hatred. Jesus equates anger with murder. He says to love one another as He loved us.
           What if people considered their neighbors more important than themselves? Paul wrote in Romans, “Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.” (AMP)
            Confessing anger and hateful thoughts brings peace. How we choose to act on them has eternal consequences. Standing for right is always blessed by God.

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