Grace and peace be unto you.
The Journey continues.
We are living in a world where evil is rampant. Everyday, there is a report in the media about a gruesome murder. Sometimes, seeing the headline is enough to send chills down my spine. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). And the apostle Paul said, “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).
We can concur with Jeremiah and Paul because we know that our heart is also devious. A reflection on some of the ungodly thoughts that we have entertained are reminders. The truth is that we do not have the power to control our evil desires, therefore we must rely on God to help us. He has given us his Holy Spirit who is more powerful than evil. When we fully submit to his leading, we do good deeds and evil is defeated (James 4:7). However, we must believe that we have the Holy Spirit, he is more powerful than Satan, and he helps us to control our evil desires.
When we disobey God’s teaching, we yield to evil, but still have the power to rule over it (Genesis 4:7). Hence, we are encouraged to repent whenever we sin and God will forgive us (1 John 1:9). When we repent, our relationship with God is restored, likewise our confidence in him. As a result, his supernatural power within us is activated and we are motivated to do good and resist evil.
We have a responsibility not only to control our evil desires but to encourage others to do the same. We can achieve this goal by doing two things: Firstly, practice being kind to everyone, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32). Hopefully, our kindness will help them to see the error of their ways and they will be motivated to be kind to themselves and others. Secondly, pray for everyone that they will receive salvation and do good deeds (1 Timothy 2:1).