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Have you ever heard the old adage, “fight fire with fire”? I once bought into that logic. But as I have grown in Christ and His wisdom, I have come to realize that fighting fire with fire doesn’t make sense.

Literally, if you fight fire with fire, you end up with a bigger fire! Metaphorically, the fire stands for something evil, negative, unkind, or wrong. So, if we repay evil with evil, negativity with negativity, unkindness with unkindness, and wrongdoing with more wrongdoing, we make true another old adage – “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

And, we begin creating our own frustrations.

In order to conqueror negative forces, we must understand the hierarchy of emotions. Love trumps evil, positive behavior excels over negative behavior, kindness outweighs unkindness, and so on.

This is what Romans 12:18-21 tells us:

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 8:28 tells us, “…that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So, if we are walking with the Lord, we can take comfort in the knowledge that whatever wrong someone has planned for us will ultimately be transformed into something good.

Romans 8:31 tells us, “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” Many may be against us, but none will succeed because Jesus Christ is fighting our battles for us. But we must first surrender ourselves over to Him.

“…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

If you are tired of fighting battles, “Be not overcome with evil…” Instead, surrender your soul to Jesus Christ, and “…overcome evil with good.”

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