But a milder and a wiser spirit has gradually grown up, and men have come to see that they must support, by every means, the life within the man. Some one is very cross with you. THE TEACHING OF ALL OUR EXPERIENCE IS THAT THIS IS THE BEST METHOD OF ENCOUNTERING EVIL. (3) Later on, life has lost the elasticity of youth, and you have reached the time when your great desire is quietude. The true answer is that of the text.1. Leave it to the judgment of God.III. THE MEANS WHEREBY TO ACHIEVE THE VICTORY. There is a greatness of mind shown in being above little piques and childish altercations. The world might say, "Get your revenge." And he fancied that some other boy was mocking him, and became very angry. As to private injuries, in which the public is very little or not at all concerned, there, as I conceive, is no room left for rejoicing in the Divine judgments upon the adversaries; first, because we are very uncertain whether those judgments are brought upon them on any such account as we might fondly suppose; and next, because, as we are all sinners, we know not whether we ourselves are not justly liable to the same or greater.3. 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. Our answer is that in this chapter you have a catalogue of Christian virtues, and amongst them is one which does not always find a place even in the virtues of the world: the virtue of hatred. Romans 5:12-19 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned--13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Instead of curing the original defect we have produced a second. "Hallo!" This is the only effective method in overcoming evil.1. But to the Christian it stands condemned by the precepts and the example of his Lord. The guilty person was, of course, dreadfully afraid of his mighty foe. He who finds himself naturally addicted to passion ought to guard perpetually against the first tendencies to resentment in his mind. Can evil be overcome by evil, error by error, selfishness by, selfishness, anger by anger, etc.? That returning evil for evil looks like rough and ready justice I admit, but is any man prepared to stand before God on the same terms?2. It is foolishness (Ecclesiastes 7:9). If you live in a dirty street you can keep your own doorstep clean. After he had said that, he thought to himself, "This will not do. 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. It is brutishness; anger a dog, and he will be ready to fly at your face. (e)Live by faith, keeping your eye on Christ the fountain of strength, the pattern of meekness, and on the judgment to come, when justice shall be done to every one.(T. HOW MAY WE OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD?1. There is no avoiding the conflict; may we be as ignorant of what it is to be vanquished as the British drummer boy who did not know how to beat a retreat. "Be not overcome of evil."I. (4)It is inconsistent with peace with heaven and pardon (Matthew 6:15).4. "God so loved the world," etc.3. Did not our adversary inflict the wound in self-defence? Years ago a gentleman felt it necessary to wipe out an insult with blood. If one meets you who wears a shabby coat of ill-temper, your frowning won't make him lay it aside. '"(Clerical Library. This implies all the kind offices towards an enemy which we are capable of doing, consistent with our own safety, or with our obligations to others. It is very easy. (a)Arm yourselves with meekness and patience. What folly then will it now be to rekindle that flame which had died away of itself.V. You must either be overcome of evil, or you must yourself overcome evil. he shouted. The artillery of evil is poor compared with that of good. Heber. THE MEANS WHEREBY TO ACHIEVE THE VICTORY. I am sorry I entered this war. IS SECURED BY KINDNESS.1. After he had said that, he thought to himself, "This will not do. He may do him kind offices, without making a friend or a confidant of him; may oblige and serve him without running into his arms. No precept can be more binding than the text. 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