Overcome Evil With Good

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: January 21, 2018

Newsletter: January 2018

Scriptures: Romans 12:16-21Matthew 8:1-13Psalms 107:8-9


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

In 1987 film “The Untouchables”, agent Eliot Ness is out to stop the prohibition era gang leader Al Capone. He befriends and begins to trust Malone, a local police officer. In one scene, Malone gives Ness this memorable advice about “the Chicago way:”

“You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

Instead of overcoming evil with more evil, Paul the apostle gave the church in Rome this advice:

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.”

Jesus came to reveal God’s Way. Friend or foe, it you turned to Jesus, you would find forgiveness, healing, acceptance, a new family, and inward transformation.

Jesus healed people of their infirmities. Sometimes it was their body that needed healing from disease or paralysis. But all of us need healing from the effects and the power of sin. We need to be cured of pride, or anger, or revenge.

That’s the Jesus way: not being overcome by evil, but overcoming evil with good.