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If we have any faith in the moral order of the universe, our answer to every temptation to meet evil with evil is this, "I grant it might answer to-day; but am I sure it would answer in the long run?" But to which part of us is it natural? Can we overcome them by resentment or violence? (b)Learn to bear with one another, and to be always ready to forgive (Colossians 3:13; Matthew 18:21, 22). 5/4/2008. II. THE EXCELLENCE OF IT.1. Christians are discomfited when they lose the power of suffering in a Christlike spirit. If one treats us unkindly we must treat him well. Did not our adversary inflict the wound in self-defence? On the other hand, "He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city." "Good for evil is Godlike; good for good is man-like: evil for good is devil-like; evil for evil," — what is that? It may be that the wrath of the foe has spent itself in the first assault. Finally, there is the direct command of God. If he will not oblige us, we must do kindnesses to him. If we resist evil we are invariably injured. OVERCOME EVIL WORDS WITH GOOD WORDS. We suffer ourselves to be driven from the delightful duty of doing good to all men, the only post where we can be happy.4. It did not belong to the systems of heathen philosophy. The Napoleonic wars cost England £200,000 every day. Lyth, D.D.I. Smedley, M.A. The possessor of such a temper may be said to have in him the virtue of the load-stone, he wins the affections of others to himself, draws them insensibly to his own point, and leads them, by degrees, into the same good-natured disposition he enjoys.3. When they returned they did not worship gods, but they idolised themselves, and Phariseeism grew upon the ruins of the overthrown idolatry of the past. Fury and rage generally defeat their own designs, by taking men wholly off their guard, and leaving them open to the attacks of their more wary opponents. The man of sorrow who has felt the vacant chaff well meant for grain that his fellows have flung as something to satisfy the hunger of his sorrow — do not tell him to forget, to cease to grieve; tell him that sorrow is the dowry of God upon the heart that can love, and that there is no experience of God that is not in itself the promise of some new power; and, therefore, the opportunity of some wider usefulness. Happy is the man who can attain to this mastery of morality, and gain that command of passion and superiority of judgment which is necessary to carry him on sweetly through all the ruffles of human life. He is succeeding. It was also finely said by Cicero, that "Caesar forgot nothing but injuries"; and a distinguished person among the moderns, when his memory was appealed to for the support of an invidious story, replied, "he remembered to forget it."III. A Christian man is the noblest work of God, and one of his noblest features is readiness to forgive. G. Rogers, B.A. THE COMMAND TO HOLD OUT. If you can do no more you can be a Noah or an Elijah. )Wrath conquered by loveD. And in order to do this you must fight against the evil in the man rather than against the man himself. "No!" The evil of intellectual error God overcomes by the good of intellectual truth. If so, you create a miserable failure, because you give no fair opportunity for the sweet and ennobling attachments of life; you forget to overcome the evil by giving it the good. What was more, the old man's quiet face haunted him; and those tremendous words broke him down before the mercy-seat. "Yes," Pulsifer replied, "I know. He now urges the exercise of this latent power. )Revenge, punishment ofBp. It is true, besides, that there is nothing to a proud temper so painful as to owe an obligation to an enemy.(Bp. Men are enemies to God by wicked works. 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. And he fancied that some other boy was mocking him, and became very angry. was his defiant reply. THE SINFULNESS AND DISHONOUR TO GOD IN THIS REVENGE. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TO ENABLE MEN TO SUBDUE A REVENGEFUL TEMPER, AND TO PREVENT THE ILL EFFECTS OF IT.1. Beasts and men conquer by force, but God conquers by love. Or should our adversary be a stranger to these delicate sensations, it will be yet well to remember, that THE MORE DESTITUTE HE IS OF VIRTUE, SO MUCH THE MORE IS HE AN OBJECT OF DIVINE DISPLEASURE. If you live in a dirty street you can keep your own doorstep clean. Suppose now that there exist both injury and malevolence; it yet remains for our attentive recollection, WHETHER WE WERE NOT, OURSELVES, THE FIRST AGGRESSORS? Don't yield to it. It does not succeed. WHEN MAY IT BE CONSIDERED THAT ONE IS OVERCOME OF EVIL? Thomas, D.D.These words imply —1. Give him occupation; tell him of the activities of sympathy which are really the natural result and desires of the heart that sorrows truly, and his soul will wake up; he will see the life that he thought useless is useless no longer. Clark. The very thing your enemy wants is to make you descend to his level, but, as long as you remain unprovoked, you vanquish him. 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. In God's hand it is the flashing sword of justice; the Christian, however, is more likely to hurt himself than to wound his adversary with it. Were we not saved because the Lord rendered to us good for evil? Much liberty is afforded us in the choice of our weapons, for we are only confined to the world of good; and that is very large. (4) How then should we do in the ease of affronts and wrongs? She recognises that there is an enemy to be fought, and she is determined to contend against it.2. Such a course increases the evil. And what is worse, when we assail evil with evil it injures us most. Where it was flat before, now it is curved. But the hardest feat was to cut through a down pillow. In olden times the sword was the principal weapon in war, and soldiers used to learn to do very wonderful feats. But the hardest feat was to cut through a down pillow. No; you give him something to do. 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. "Who are you?" If he hurt our interest, let us advance his. Sermon Brainwave Podcast Brainwave 165: Lectionary Texts for the 13th of March 2011. By faithfulness and all carefulness in relation to the scruples of our brethren; by firmness blended with gentleness, we shall best approve our own Christianity, and advance the interests of truth.III. "Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." THE DIVINE METHOD OF OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD.1. 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. The old man exclaimed: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!" Let us not so please our foes. Still no effect. But those who were inside used to let down bags of chaff and beds, and the strokes, which would have made a breach in the solid walls, fell quite harmlessly upon these soft cushions. (3) Later on, life has lost the elasticity of youth, and you have reached the time when your great desire is quietude. THE COMMAND TO HOLD OUT. Is the prerogative of God.2. Jenkins, M.A.I. '"(Clerical Library. 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. The foe has gained his whole object, and his antagonist is vanquished.2. They would split a splinter as it stood erect upon the table, or divide an apple upon your hand without letting the edge of the sword touch your palm. A man has injured you. "Who are you?" It did not belong to the systems of heathen philosophy. A little boy was one day playing where there was an echo. "The power of good over evilBp. "Upon the wicked He shall rain snares," etc. We are overcome with evil if we indulge in a spirit of mere antagonism. It is never worth while to do evil that good may come. Hear, then, how He rebukes John for calling for fire to consume the Samaritans, and Peter for assaulting Malchus, and His prayer for His murderers.4. And his wise mother, who knew all about the echo, smiled, and said, "Run out again and shout, 'I love you,' and see what answer comes." )The great conflictW. )Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed himKindness to an enemy isJ. 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