Scripture: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 NIV
Observation: Paul tells us how to overcome evil–with good.
Application: “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good―except God alone. Mark 10:18 NIV Many people, especially those that don’t want Jesus to be God, discount his divinity because of this question. I believe and contend that anyone that uses this as an argument against Jesus’ divinity are reading Mark 10:18 with the emphasis on the wrong words. “Why do you call *ME* good?” and “*WHY* do you call me good?” have very different meanings. The first questions why the speaker is addressing the recipient as “good.” The contention is that Jesus is asking “what makes me good, only God is good?” In that misinterpretation of the question lies the distinction that separates God and Jesus. “Only God is good and since I’m not good I can’t be God,” no more divine Jesus. The second questions the motive behind the speaker’s question, “why are you calling me good?” “What are you trying to do, catch me in a word trap like so many before you?” Jesus does not distance himself from the Father with this question, he cements the link. His question says when you call me “good” you better know what you are saying because “only God is good and you are speaking to God!”
So the answer to the Romans 12:21 of how to overcome evil is Jesus. Being a Christ-follower is being a God-follower and that is being a follower of goodness. When we live with goodness there is no room for evil. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with Jesus. Romans 12:21 (my paraphrase)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving me Jesus to fill in the cracks of my life to keep evil out. Thank you for today’s lesson, I like being able to see truths come together from different parts of scripture. In Jesus’ name. Amen