It is never worth while to do evil that good may come. When they are enlisting soldiers for an army, they will only take men, and men not too old, or too young. It may only be a gleam of sunshine, preparatory to a terrible storm.X. "Who is he that can harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?"3. I pray that neither the unspeakable greatness of my sorrow nor the terrible wickedness of those men may ever blind either myself or any of the English people to the duty of patience, justice, and sympathy in our thoughts, words, and deeds with regard to Ireland and its people at large." We forget that Christ bears with them, and so our zeal becomes unchrist-like.2. One is overcome of evil when he indulges designs of revenge. His command to fight evil after His own example may be taken as a certain guarantee of His presence and assistance. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. he shouted. Was David not manly that revenged not himself on Saul? Years ago a gentleman felt it necessary to wipe out an insult with blood. (b)Learn to bear with one another, and to be always ready to forgive (Colossians 3:13; Matthew 18:21, 22). Then try the opposite plan. At the dawn of the age of mercy, a Pliny said, but had learned the sentiment from that very religion he affected to despise, "I esteem him the best good man, who forgives others, as though he were every day faulty himself; and who at the same time abstains from faults, as if he pardoned no one." And it is of such cases as these that I understand some Scripture-imprecations, if they be really such; which, besides, were pronounced by persons extraordinarily commissioned to imprecate, as from God. And obviously these coals of fire, heaped upon the head of an adversary, are not coals of burning vengeance, but coals of fervent love, the fire-flame of Jehovah, adapted to melt down his hardness, and to win him for ever to virtue and to God. A Christian man is the noblest work of God, and one of his noblest features is readiness to forgive. He replied, "He has done this for me, that in the midst of all my pain, I do nothing else but pray for you." We may be more anxious to overwhelm an adversary than to win a soul. The air became offensive from heat and wounds. 2. The subdued rebel said, "I can't understand you Yankees: you fight us like devils, and then you treat us like angels. What folly then will it now be to rekindle that flame which had died away of itself.V. But a question here arises by the way, whether, after a man has referred his cause to God, laying aside all thoughts of revenging himself, he may then pray to God to avenge him, or may take pleasure in observing that the Divine vengeance has fallen down upon his adversary. The moment they begin to fight evil on its own low level, their high position is already taken. We contract the internal disquietude and self-torment belonging to a malignant temper; we involve ourselves in the hazard of receiving present correction from above.XI. Were we not saved because the Lord rendered to us good for evil?3. He would have taught us how to give variously directed and specially adjusted blows elsewhere, so attacking the evil not by direct but indirect action. Spurgeon. As existing in our own hearts. But a milder and a wiser spirit has gradually grown up, and men have come to see that they must support, by every means, the life within the man. OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Romans 4:19-21 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "BEING STRONG IN THE FAITH" I. II. Kindness is the only instrument we are permitted to use. He may do him kind offices, without making a friend or a confidant of him; may oblige and serve him without running into his arms. The apostle's manner of wording the thing is observable; for there is a particular force and beauty in the very expression. God can give you a peace that nothing can disturb. Here it is to be overcome, not by tormenting ourselves by self-scrutiny, but by strengthening the good that is within us, and getting more. A little boy was one day playing where there was an echo. Did not our adversary inflict the wound in self-defence? )Wrath conquered by loveD. No precept can be more binding than the text. 20. And inasmuch as we have a Captain made perfect through suffering, we are urged to follow on bravely in His steps. Evil for evil is an edged tool which cuts the man who uses it: a kind of cannon which is most dangerous to those who fire it, both in its discharge and in its recoil. The true language of charity is, "Hold your own opinions firmly; I may not be able to accept them, but I will believe your sincerity. He who abides in doing good against evil may be said to be a person of invincible kindness and generosity, unconquerable love and charity.3. It should ever be our reflection in the hour of attack, that to be like Christ we must not resist evil6. In the first place, by these acts of kindness we make our own task easier of combating our resentment and extinguishing every spark of malice in our hearts. Then the little fellow ran home and told his mother that there was a boy in the forest who mocked him and made fun of him and threatened to fight him. )Revenge, a nobleJ. And if the result be really accomplished, you will have conquered an enemy, won an adoring friend, and saved a soul from death. In the first place, by these acts of kindness we make our own task easier of combating our resentment and extinguishing every spark of malice in our hearts. But, secondly, it is not only our duty to do our enemies no harm, we must if they need our assistance be reader to do them good, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink." For what is your idea about evil? OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. "We don't know, we are friends." The enemy laid their plan, and had purposed to burn to death those whom they seized. Adrian cried out, "Approach. It saves life, but never destroys it.III. The world might say, "Get your revenge." This made these wild young fellows very angry, and one day one of them, who had filled a pail with foul water, came behind him and emptied it on his head. What was more, the old man's quiet face haunted him; and those tremendous words broke him down before the mercy-seat. I say then, let not any injurious usage of an enemy prevent our doing him good.II. If we cannot pray about it, or praise about it, or think about it on our death-bed, let us let it alone.II. THE TEACHING OF ALL OUR EXPERIENCE IS THAT THIS IS THE BEST METHOD OF ENCOUNTERING EVIL. He may have been satisfied; he may have forgotten you. The lines on which the great conflict should be waged are clearly indicated in His life and death. Some day repay him with an unexpected thrust of goodness. Romans 12:19-21. It is much the same as when a certain duke proclaimed war against a peaceful neighbour, who was resolved not to fight. H. Spurgeon.The text sets before us two things, and bids us choose the better. As the Judge of all.II. The idea is a philosophical absurdity, and all history shows it to be an impossibility. Kindness will conquer when nothing else can. will be the reply, "when our memory is smarting with the sense of injury; when our neighbour has transgressed all the laws of God and man towards us, are we to show him that mercy which we do not receive? It is never worth while to do evil that good may come. The spirit of appreciation, the spirit of imitation — these are the secrets of power.3. The Napoleonic wars cost England £200,000 every day. I pray that neither the unspeakable greatness of my sorrow nor the terrible wickedness of those men may ever blind either myself or any of the English people to the duty of patience, justice, and sympathy in our thoughts, words, and deeds with regard to Ireland and its people at large." If he defame, let us say the kindest things possible of him. And then, falling on his knees, he prayed for the reckless men. The law, I know, must take its course, for the sake of the unhappy country itself. You cannot challenge the victorious and eternal laws of God, and you can only meet and overcome the evil by the good.3. This is the return fire, and it cannot but eventually silence the enemy's guns and that without slaying the gunners. H. A passionate furious warrior neither sees an advantage nor knows how to use it; while he is all fire, and no conduct, he does but expose his forces, and at length becomes himself an easy prey to the enemy. He replied, "He has done this for me, that in the midst of all my pain, I do nothing else but pray for you." Revenge, meanness of: — Revenge is a cruel word: manhood, some call it; but it is rather doghood. Vengeance is a weapon too dangerous for them to handle. Still no effect. It reflects great honour upon Christ. Tyson. BE NOT OVERCOME OF EVIL. The former is like building a dam across a stream of water; the latter is like drying up its springs. Each claimed to be the strongest, and one morning they agreed to put their powers to the proof. The truth is that the evil is in the man; and hence your aim is not to kill the man, but rather to deliver him from the power of evil. )Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with goodOvercoming evil with goodJ. If he deals reproach, we must practise no retort.(D. A besieged city remains unconquered as long as the hostile forces are kept outside the wails; but the besieging army must be repelled before it can claim a victory. The true answer is that of the text.1. HOW MAY WE SAVE OURSELVES FROM THE SHAME AND INJURY OF BEING THUS VANQUISHED?1. I say unnecessarily, for it cannot be denied that a good man, without his wish, may be forced into such a measure. Then the wind acknowledged that the sun was mightier. (children's sermon): — To "overcome evil with good" is —I. It is very easy. The ancient theory regarding disease was that the element of evil must be expelled at all costs, and the result of medical treatment was the utter weakening of the patient, his death often, in the endeavour to secure his cure. When Christians first appeared people called them "the men that turned the world upside down."I. It is very easy. The prophets spoke and the prophets failed; and at last came the terrible penalty — the Exile, which purged out the old leaven. There is no avoiding the conflict; may we be as ignorant of what it is to be vanquished as the British drummer boy who did not know how to beat a retreat. A. Clark.A very good man once said, "If there is any one particular temper I desire more than another, it is the grace of meekness; quietly to bear ill-treatment, to forget and forgive; and at the same time that I am sensible I am injured, not to be overcome of evil, but to overcome evil with good." But it may be said, "Hatred of evil is not victory over it; and it is an imbecile kind of virtue which contents itself with indignation and does not apply itself to some remedy." The foe is the more courageous, the more fierce and prompt the repulse he meets with. With regard to the evil of personal injury —I. ALL MAY ENGAGE IN IT. The weapons here prescribed were the weapons which the Saviour Himself wielded in His terrific conflict against the kingdom of evil. Now if the man who intended to injure us has wounded himself, then we should pity him, and pray for him, and not study a duplicate revenge.2. Taken in its connection, the text gives prominence to suffering. Forgets the man. Let us not so please our foes. Differences of opinion too often degenerate into personal antagonisms, and there are, besides, these offences which, in our imperfect state, always will arise. It is foolishness (Ecclesiastes 7:9). "Give him as good as he sends." Give the patient vigour, and the natural forces will cast off the evil.2. The truth is that the evil is in the man; and hence your aim is not to kill the man, but rather to deliver him from the power of evil. Let him spread an ill report, and that report will recoil upon his own reputation. )Overcoming evil with goodIn the year 1818, Tomatoe, the king of Huahine, one of the South Sea islands, embraced the gospel. IS COMPLETED BY PATIENCE.1. The spirit of Christianity has by degrees overcome this evil, but even now to be gentle is considered to be unworthy of a man of spirit. God takes care of them. Lyth, D.D. It is brutishness; anger a dog, and he will be ready to fly at your face. And, in their sense, it is owing to a littleness of mind, while they who have studied human nature have observed that men of the weakest capacities are generally most liable to it. If one treats us unkindly we must treat him well. With regard to the evil of personal injury —I. )Value of indirect effortsHerbert Spencer.You see that this wrought-iron plate is not flat; it sticks up a little towards the lips — "cockles," as we say. A Christian is but a pardoned rebel, and may not avenge himself. We must conquer hatred by a display of that charity that is not easily provoked, and which thinketh no evil. )Evil overcomeA delegate of the Christian Commission, passing among the wounded at Gettysburg, said to a wounded confederate officer, "Colonel, can I do anything for you?" Are you going to meet that with the everlasting "Nay"? Revenge, meanness of: — Revenge is a cruel word: manhood, some call it; but it is rather doghood. "No!" THE COMMAND TO HOLD OUT. But I have this thing to add further; that the principles which I have been maintaining do not oblige a man to lay himself open to his enemy, or to give himself up into his power. Pulsifer looked confounded, and, when he found that Ladd was in earnest, said, "The sheep sha'n't trouble you any more. In most cases it seems to be quite otherwise. Who is he that shall look this plain proposition in the face, and continue for another moment to foster rancour against an enemy?XII. PERSONAL ADVERSARIES. They beget distance, caution, jealousy, and neglect, and the result is abandonment and hatred.5. )How to overcome an enemy: — I once took a nugget to a gold-melter to be assayed. He asked and found pardon; he sought out the old man, confessed his fault, and received forgiveness. He is his brother's keeper, and this view of Divine chivalry is shared by many a one who has been blamed as busybody. The lines on which the great conflict should be waged are clearly indicated in His life and death. When a great fire is blazing it is a strange way of putting it out to pump petroleum upon it. 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