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Overcoming Evil with Good

Updated on June 2, 2018

What do we really know about Good and Evil?

What do we really know about the dynamics of Good and Evil. We know there is a good and we know there is evil, but do we really and truly understand what good and evil are or more-so, how to overcome one or the other? According to Dictionary.com, the definition of good is Morally excellent, virtuous, righteous, and pious. And the definition of Bad, according to dictionary.com, is not good in any manner or degree. Now that we know the definition of Good, let's dig a little deeper into what the word means. Morally excellent. To have moral excellence is to have great personal morals and values, which we seem to be missing a lot of in the recent generations. What does it mean to be virtuous, you ask? It means having good virtues, values, and principles. Righteous, one of my favorite words, means to be right in a moral and ethical way. And lastly we will look at pious. Pious means to truly believe in your morals or to be devoutly religious. This is what the website states are the meanings of these words.

Genesis 3:22

Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
Genesis 3:22: And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." | Source

Understanding Good and Evil

Most people can remember as far back as to the ages of 3-7 on average. If you ask me, I may have one or two memories from when I was 4, but I do believe I never really started remembering until the age of 6. Many might remember as a child, watching a cartoon or seeing a comic strip with the main character having a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other trying to sway them in both directions. This may have been a cartoon, but the battle of good and evil is very real and continues daily. I find this to be the hardest battle I have ever had to fight and it seems like it goes on forever. The bible acknowledges both good and evil, but how do we determine which is which? How do we know what is "Good" and what is "Bad"? Mark 7:20-23 says: What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a persons heart, that evil thoughts come - sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." We are all born with something called intuition which us believers know to be the Holy Spirit. This means that we get a feeling no matter what the situation. It is our decisions that define what ultimately happens, but it all stems from intuition and the Holy Spirit. This is the wisdom that God gave us. Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. This means that when we hear that little voice saying, this is wrong, or this is right, it is the Holy Spirit that God gave us. Now, we often ignore these thoughts and still do our own thing, but intuition is our direct line of communication between our spirit and God.

His Word is Alive!

 Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. | Source

Our Own Worst Enemy

The battle of good and evil is within ourselves. When we have a feeling that something bad is going to happen and yet we ignore that feeling, more often then not, we find that we should have followed our intuition. We have the power of free will, but yet God still gives us intuition and discernment. This means that on top of giving you the right to make your own decisions, he has also given you the tools to know if that decision is right or wrong prior to our making them. We decide. We choose to either give in to these thoughts or to fight against them. Either way, there will be repercussions to our decisions.

You still have time.....

Every single moment that passes you by, is an opportunity to make a change. You have all of the power over your salvation. Time is running out, So what are you waiting for?

Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior

It is very simple and easy..........

Get Saved!

If you do not know how, simply prayer this prayer and mean it in your heart. You do not have to do it word for word, in fact I would prefer you didn't. I prefer you pray from the heart. But make sure that you repent and ask forgiveness and confess Jesus as your lord and savior.

The Bible

NIV, First-Century Study Bible, Leathersoft, Brown/Pink: Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
NIV, First-Century Study Bible, Leathersoft, Brown/Pink: Explore Scripture in Its Jewish and Early Christian Context
This is by far the best Bible that I have ever picked up. It has taught me so much and is a great tool for someone who likes to study the bible, rather than just read it. I recommend it for all women who desire wisdom and understanding.
 

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      19 months ago from U.S.A.

      Your welcome, Brandy. Keep up the great work.

      Much respect,

      Tim

    • BrandiWoods profile imageAUTHOR

      Brooklyn Woods 

      19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you so much Terry for your kind words. As you know every day is a spiritual battle so it’s important that we remind ourselves of these things constantly. It really fills my heart out with joy in knowing the unconditional love that Jesus has for each and everyone of us as if we were the only one. That brings me great comfort.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      19 months ago from U.S.A.

      Excellent article.

      I particularly like that you quoted Mark here. I always ask myself and have others do the same: Is what you are doing in alignment with the greatest commandment of them all: Love. I always review Paul's famous chapter on Love, at least once a week.

      Evil can be subtle and many may not see it, much like a serpent waiting to strike.

      Great article on a topic we need to discuss openly in our homes, communities, nation, and the world.

      Much respect,

      Tim

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