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What is better: the destruction of the evil or the propagation of the good?

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by Leonardo von Dolinger, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Leonardo von Dolinger

    Leonardo von Dolinger Active Member

    What is better: the destruction of the evil or the propagation of the good?

    • “Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. Give them sorrow of heart, your curse unto them. Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.” (Lamentations 3.64-66).

    It’s true that the Holy Scripture says: “Hate the evil, and love the good…” (Amos 5.15). And, in fact, when we are going through some tribulation, we long for seeing the evil being overwhelmed. However:

    • How do we hope that our hot potatoes will be iron out? What do we expect that Jesus do against those who opt for being His enemies (and, consequently, ours)? “Give them sorrow of heart, curse”? “Persecute and destroy them thoroughly? So, how can the evil be eliminated if it lives in us and we take pleasure in make use of it when this fit us?
    • If the sin is the greatest predicament, then why Jesus didn’t quell it until today? More yet: why Jesus put the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2.17)? Why does He make the sore and the wound (Job 5.18)? Why does He create the darkness and the evil (Isaiah 45.7)? Why does He create the waster to destroy (Isaiah 54.16)?

    Why doesn’t He destroy the darnel (Matthew 13.28,29)?

    • “He said to them, An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, Then do you want us to go and gather them up? But he said, No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also root up the wheat with them.” (Matthew 13.28,29).

    To everything there is a season and a reason, and a time for every purpose under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3.1). And while all purpose of the Creator isn’t thoroughly wrapped up, He vouchsafe us:

    • His gifts (Ephesians 4.8);
    • His talents (Matthew 25.14;15);
    • His body (the Church – John 6.51-57);
    • His Spirit (John 16.8);
    • His grace and mercy (Hebrews 4.16);
    • His fruit (Galatians 5.22);
    • All His armor (Ephesians 6.10-18);
    • all things that appertain to life and godliness (2Peter 1.3).

    In short, He blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1.3).
    So, don’t whimper for:

    • the strength of the wind (Matthew 14.30),
    • the intensity of the fire or the huge quantity of water trying to overflow you (Isaiah 43.1-2),
    • the desert toward which you were leaded (perhaps by the Holy Spirit, as happened with Jesus – Isaiah 41.17,18; Matthew 4.1);
    • the murkiness of the valley of the shadow of the death to which Jesus guide us in order to rescue His lost lamb (Psalms 23.4; Isaiah 9.1,2; Matthew 4.15,16; Luke 15.7);

    Present your body in a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service (Romans 12.1), always looking stalwartly to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12.2), and certainly you will receive all the resources above quoted and will be more than conqueror in Jesus (Romans 8.37).

    After all, the eyes of the Creator run to and fro in all the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him (2Chronicles 16.9). He will never allow something in your life that He already didn’t have registered in His book and sorted out for you before the world to be created (Psalms 139.13-16).

    So, to have access to what you need to know, pray to Him (Psalms 25.14; 1Thessalonians 5.17), meditate on His Holy Scripture (which it is also His book – Psalms 1.1,2) and have a victorious week in Christ Jesus.
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