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COLUMN: Examining how to deal with the evil in our lives

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By C.L. Glasscock

As we look at evil ways in our life, the dictionary gives this meaning for evil: 1) something bad, sin, wickedness, evil quality or act. 2) a thing that does harm; crime and poverty are some of the evils of society.
Many times I hear in our society about how evil we have gotten in our country, but most of us know it does not have to be this way.
David wrote in Psalms 23:4, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Most have evil things to come upon us each day of our life. David tells us how to cope with the evil things that came upon us. It is very simple; take God with us wherever we go.
Proverbs 3:7 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
Romans 12:17-21 says, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it possible as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves but rather give place unto wrath; it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good.”
As we look at what Paul wrote here in Romans, we see many ways the devil has to lead us into sin. First, if someone wrongs us, almost always our first reaction is to get him back, which is exactly the wrong thing to do. We are to live peaceable with all men, if at all possible. I believe this means to try everything we can to set a good example. We also need to forgive. I have talked to people who say, “you don’t know what this person did to me and there is no way I can forgive them for that.” If you are one who believes this, there is a way. Jesus made a way.
Colossians 3:13 says, “Forebearing one another and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Let’s all try to live a Christian life like Jesus taught us to do and if we have any revenge in our heart let’s let Jesus take care of it like Paul did.  2 Timothy 4:14 says, “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil; the Lord rewarded him according to his works.”