“Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 5-7 NKJV
The Lord did not give us this commandment just for our own spiritual discipline. He gave it to us because there is power in non-resistance to evil that crushes the serpent’s head. It tears out by the roots, out of our hearts and the heart of our aggressor. This commandment was given to forbid us from doing that by which evil is multiplied and perpetuated. If we attack another, verbally or physically, evil is released. But if that evil is not able to affect its victim’s patience, peace, or love, then the evil that was released is bound and defeated. Every blow that we are able to absorb without retaliation or resentment begins to consume the evil in the one who delivers it, as well as any that may be resident within us.
“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals (of conviction) upon his head.” Romans 12:20 NKJV
It is very hard for man to understand this principle. To him it seems that this only gives license to the evil. But there is a much higher spiritual principle involved. Satan cannot cast out Satan; anger cannot cast out anger; neither can resentment cast out wrath. If we react to evil, we are only multiplying the very demon we are seeking to cast out. But “if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” Matthew 12:28 NKJV
Only the Spirit of God can cast out Satan and transform us! Jesus cast out Satan by allowing Satan to nail Him to the cross. As paradoxical as it seems, the greatest injustice the world has ever known accomplished the greatest victory over evil. God’s victories almost always seem like defeats to natural man.
- Pastor Regan Myers