Some people can be so difficult to deal with. No, that’s not what I want to say. What I really want to say is that some people are just outright evil. They delight in making the lives of other people miserable. It’s as if they look to find that button they can push to make you explode and lose it so they can gloat, “mission accomplished.” Well, before you execute your master plan of personal revenge to take out the enemy, consider this advice from the Bible: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
I know—this is one of those hard sayings in the Bible. It just seems fair that when someone persecutes us without a cause that we would be justified in giving them what they are asking for. And let me guess, as many of you read this post, at least one person comes to mind who brings you face to face with the challenge of obeying the abovementioned biblical advice.
During my last pastorate, I had this one church member who was certainly the most difficult congregant I ever had to deal with as a church leader. This lady really got under my skin times without number. She tried hard to provoke me to lose it before the congregation so she could portray me in a negative way. But I refused to let her get the upper hand.
I was at my wits’ end with her. I confronted her many times but little came out of our meetings. But I knew that if I prayed in faith and walked in obedience to God’s Word, He would fight my battle in due season, and He did. This was not a quick fix. My test went on several years before I saw any breakthrough.
The verse I quoted above is not about being a wimp and allowing people to walk over us. Rather, we can be assertive without getting ugly. We can maintain the high road no matter how low others choose to go. For those of us who are Christians, we are called to demonstrate the power of well-doing in the face of ill-treatment. This is one way we bring glory to the name of our Lord. Last but not least, don’t fret the evildoer. For it is the Lord who avenges us: “Vengeance is mine: I will repay saith the Lord” (verse 19). So stand strong, and watch God work on your behalf.
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