“The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21
Pernicious: “highly injurious or destructive: deadly” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
What lies between the Yin and the Yang? Between the tear drop shapes that curve around each other to fit neatly into a perfect circle? It’s clear that good and evil exist in the world. We’ve seen their effects throughout history. And we’re affected by just the thought of them. We’d like to make them black and white and identify one from the other with clarity. Indeed they are easily distinguishable. However separating them is a challenge to which we’re not up to the task. We long to destroy evil and live in a world where only good exists. But it’s not possible for us. So there lies good and evil. It doesn’t matter what shape you draw them to be. The fact remains, they exist. But what do we separate them by. A line, a border, a wall? Tears… It’s the longing for good when evil touches that produces our tears and sorrow. When a loved one dies. When a treasure is lost. When pain is perceived. We can build walls and gates to separate places and objects, but there is no barrier that protects the good from bad. And nothing can hinder the view of good from bad. While we suffer the effects of sin we realize what could be. No more death. No more sorrow or pain. And while we rejoice in good we are continually drug back to evil. In the space between there is suffering and strife. But the gospel proclaims a way out. A way of escape from the continuous circle of good and bad. Jesus promises a place of only good. A place where tears no longer form the boundary between good and evil, but a clear distinguishable wall bars evil from ever affecting good again. What a place that will be! To no longer struggle with death. To no longer struggle with temptation. To no longer kill to eat. A place where love has conquered hate entirely. What a place that will be! We look forward to that place where sin is no longer pernicious. However, we know that we still live in a world of good and evil. We must live with it, but we must not be conformed or conquered by it. It’s only through love that we can overcome evil and it’s effects. It’s with love that we can say to death, “Where is your sting.” It’s with the love of the Gospel, the love of Christ, that we know hate will be conquered by love, evil by good, and struggle by peace. What a place that will be!
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,