Scripture: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Reflection: When we encounter difficult people in our lives, there can be the tendency to want to retaliate and bring about our own justice. In the Romans chapter 12, the Apostle Paul speaks about the matter of Christian behavior. In it, he explains a key factor in dealing with difficult people. He explains how there needs to be room for God's "wrath." God will ultimately take care of matters. Here Paul gives us some instruction to "overcome" the evils that are encountered with doing "good." This runs counter to natural behavior and is opposite to the way the world operates, but it becomes the best way to handle a situation. God will ultimately take care of the rest.
Application: Look for ways to do good in an effort to combat the "evil" that may come your way. For Christians, the one way to be proactive is to be serving in a ministry. Seeking and saving the lost is the great commission and a way to share the Gospel truth about Jesus Christ in love with others.
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ro 12:21.