“…we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you…” 2 Thessalonians 1:4-6 NKJV.

There is enough evil in the world without us taking offense and returning evil with evil when wronged. If we learn to bless, not curse, turn the other cheek, and not resist evil (Mt.5:38-39), then we won’t add to the evil in the world. We reduce darkness by not adding our own. Instead, through patience and faith in God to rectify injustice, we give space for the perpetrators of darkness to repent and cry out to God for mercy.

By not returning evil for evil, we demonstrate faith in believing that the battle is the Lord’s, and in His time, He will make things right, for He is the victorious Lord of All.

When I was a toddler and suffered unfairness or maltreatment, I ran to my parents for help, crying out to them for protection and justice. They stepped in. They protected their children. This is the secret to overcoming the darkness of this age – don’t add to it, trust Jesus as Lord, and, through patience, allow time for the lost to find their way home. Never underestimate the extent of God’s involvement in the affairs of the world, and love for every person in the world, even those who currently hate Him and hate you by association. He’s got this, dear one, run to Him.

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