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Present and Transform - Application #11
Overcoming evil with good
In the Hollywood version of this life good always overcomes evil. Sure it gets testy for a while and builds in the end to big big climax, but, that is what an afternoon matinee nail biter is all about...right?
God's good in fact will overcome evil, but, this friends is not the Hollywood version of life, we are not all in line with God's good. This is the version where some of the un-suspecting people in the audience are going to get "picked off".
There are very real lives and souls in the balance here.
Many of us will simply choose to take cover. Evil isn't really all that evil some will say. Nothing much can be done about it anyway say others.
Paul's words though beseech us to overcome. In another writings he says that our struggles are not against flesh and blood but powers and principalities in high places.
Old Testament sources add that it is an abomination to call what is good evil and what is evil good. Why then should we try to minimize what is demonstrably true. Evil is evil. Good is good.
God's mercy, His greatest mercy, the mercy from which all mercies proceed is the sacrifice of His own Son Jesus Christ once and for all for the sins of all mankind. His mercy towards believers is that in the Son's resurrection He has brought us into a living hope and has set up shop for us to operate within this hope to the greater good of many others. Many will be gathered into to this hope.
We present ourselves a living sacrifice to Him by means of/because of/in the light of/for the sole purpose of recognizing His all consuming mercy. We should make every effort to make that presentation holy and acceptable by accepting that transformation and renewing of our mind, thus proving that the will for which He subjected us to this for is good/acceptable/perfect.
Each of the steps Paul outlines in kjv@Romans:12 is for our personal edification and advancement towards the larger collective. It is up to me and you to find ways to practically implement this into our daily lives.
It is the totality and connectives of the Christian faith as one body, the effectual working of all the parts and pieces as promoted by Paul that will establish the faithful presence of His church and change peoples minds for Christ.
It will the sacrifice and resilience of individuals directed by the Holy Spirit making this happen in this latter day.
So then to all God's faithful -
Present Yourselves a Living Sacrifice!