How to overcome evil – Part 1
We Deal With People The Way We Are, Not The Way They Are!
“DO NOT judge and criticise and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticised and condemned yourselves. For just as you judge and criticise and condemn others, you will be judged and criticised and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.” (Matt 7:1-2) AMP.
We are saved by grace through faith, not by our good works so no man can boast before God. For this reason, a man does not have the right to condemn another. When you receive God’s grace, it will be easy to flow in grace towards others. You cannot give out what you don’t have. If you think you are what you are by your own strength and efforts, you will demand same from others. If they cannot measure up to your own standards, then they are not good enough. None of us measure up to the expectation of God. His grace makes up for our shortcomings.
We are not to deal with people the way they are; but the way we are. If you are good, you will do good to those who do evil to you. If you are a gracious person you will forgive those who offend you. Repaying evil for evil turns the good man into an evil man. That is why Jesus said Judge not, so that you will not be judged. Condemn not so that you will not be condemned! Religious people condemn others because they justify themselves by their good works. They think they are right by meeting up with the standards they set for themselves. Not knowing that the best of man’s righteousness is like filthy rag before God.
Others don’t have to be dressed like you. They don’t have to eat, talk and live their life like you. Jesus is our standard. Stop condemning whom God has justified. Stop asking God to kill your enemies, He is not a murderer. Stop hiring Him to destroy your enemy. This kind of prayers shows the value we have for souls. It shows how much of God’s love dwell in our hearts. Those who have a little conscience may pray, “If my enemy doesn’t repent, God should destroy him or her.” That is still not good enough, though your enemies can be unrepentant; Christ expects you to act like Him. When His unrepentant enemies hung Him on the tree He made excuses for them. He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.”
The prayer of believers today is direct opposite of what Jesus did. Nailing someone to the Cross, and watching him die slowly is one of the worst things any human being can do to another. Yet Jesus demonstrated His love for His enemies by asking God to forgive their sins. Jesus commanded us to forgive those who wrong us because we have the capacity to do so. We are to treat people the way we are not the way they are. If we truly have God’s love dwelling in us we will demonstrate it to the world.
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