He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" - Romans 8:32

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Friday, December 10, 2010 

8 Things to Do With Evil

1. Expect evil. “Do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Pet. 4:12).

2. Endure evil. “Love bears all thing, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7; cf. Mark 13:13).

3. Give thanks for the refining effect of evil that comes against you. “Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20; cf. 1 Thess. 5:18). “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance . . .” (Rom. 5:3–5).

4. Hate evil. “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good” (Rom. 12:9).

5. Pray for escape from evil. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13).

6. Expose evil. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

7. Overcome evil with good. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:21).

8. Resist evil. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7).

- John Piper

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