March 17

TODAY IS…

an excellent day to stand on the side of good.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:21 NASB

Let’s face it, there are many of us who have come to Christ after spending many years in conflict, believing that standing with evil was where we were happy, where we were comfortable and where we had fun. We offer many different reasons for not believing that we are, indeed, children of God, placed upon this creation of His, for which there are simply not adequate words to describe its majesty, wonder and beauty. While we stood with evil, it was easy to rationalize, justify, and excuse our behavior. It was not difficult to refuse to accept that the reason for our being created in the first place was to love one another, care for one another, worship God and use the time given us in this life to prepare for the everlasting life promised to us. Many of us found it remarkably easy to accept the message of the evil one, who was telling us that we were foolish to believe a loving and benevolent God, whom we cannot see.

Fortunately we discovered, deep within, right where God placed it upon our birth, the ability to see the truth. We discovered the ability to deny the constant pressure placed upon us all to continue listening to the lies that would keep us from enjoying our time on earth and using it in the manner our Creator desired.

We discovered the salvation that was offered to us all when Jesus Christ fulfilled the promises of long, long ago. We experience the joy; the sense of relief; the feeling of belonging to something beautiful, glorious, and uplifting. We became part of a family. God’s family. And from that point forward, we have accepted the responsibility that comes with being a member of that family.

And the responsibility is this: We must conquer evil by doing good. We must love others in the same way that Jesus Christ demonstrated His love for us. We must cast off the evil that speaks to us daily telling us to judge this person or hate that person. As Christians, we must remember that each one of us was forgiven when we asked for forgiveness no matter how solidly we had stood with evil before we accepted the glory of living in the goodness that is God. Therefore, we must forgive others and welcome them into the family.

This is difficult for some of us, because we tend to think someone else’s offenses are worse than ours. We sometimes question another person’s sincerity when they say they are tired of listening to the evil one and wish to now open their heart and their mind to God.

There is no fence to straddle between good and evil. A wall separates them. If we allow even a little evil to occupy our hearts, then we are standing on the wrong side of that wall and we need to quickly step around it and stand firmly on the side of good.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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