Surely we cannot allow the lower part of our triple nature to dictate to our heaven-born spirit. Some one is very cross with you. Had we asked an artizan practised in "planishing," he would have told us that no good was to be done, but only mischief, by hitting on the projecting part. Much may be pleaded on both sides. But I have this thing to add further; that the principles which I have been maintaining do not oblige a man to lay himself open to his enemy, or to give himself up into his power. Waterland, D.D. This view of the subject suggests another of similar nature; I mean THE PROPRIETY OF REGARDING THE WOUND WE HAVE SUSTAINED AS HAVING PROCEEDED ORIGINALLY FROM GOD; and him whom we call our enemy as no more than the weapon of Divine justice which chastises, or of Divine goodness which seeks our amendment. Romans 12:19 Law Suit - The story is told of a rich man in Springfield, Illinois, who insisted that a certain poor man owed him $2.50. Don't, then, pull it down; but prove the strength of truth by building upon the rock. As existing in our own hearts. We must hold on until we win or until the Captain calls us out of the ranks.1. And, strange as it may seem, this is the wisest as well as the most Christian course we can pursue. The effort of the Christian should not be always to meet objections, but rather to exhibit the gospel in its own simplicity. WHEN MAY IT BE CONSIDERED THAT ONE IS OVERCOME OF EVIL? Were we not saved because the Lord rendered to us good for evil?3. THE TEACHING OF ALL OUR EXPERIENCE IS THAT THIS IS THE BEST METHOD OF ENCOUNTERING EVIL. )Overcoming evil with goodIn the year 1818, Tomatoe, the king of Huahine, one of the South Sea islands, embraced the gospel. Romans 1:8-10. So he countermanded the order, and rode over to see his neighbour about those troublesome sheep. It may be that the wrath of the foe has spent itself in the first assault. "Hallo!" )Revenge, punishment ofBp. But indeed, in point of prudence, whether we ourselves were the original aggressors or not, A RETORTED OFFENCE IS NEW MATTER OF PROVOCATION, and almost infallibly ensures a reiterated blow. If you make it a rule that nobody shall ever treat you with disrespect without meeting his match, you need not pray God to help you. Then the wind acknowledged that the sun was mightier. PAUL ADVANCES BOLDLY FROM THE DEFENSIVE TO THE OFFENSIVE. And what is worse, when we assail evil with evil it injures us most. Grant, M.A., J. Lyth, D.D.I. 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. With regard to the evil of personal injury —I. On earth both co-exist, though both coalesce. Is it a thing that is so part of man's manhood that his very individuality is concerned in it, or is it like a disease? "Hallo!" Jenkins, M.A. The evil of intellectual error God overcomes by the good of intellectual truth. will be the reply, "when our memory is smarting with the sense of injury; when our neighbour has transgressed all the laws of God and man towards us, are we to show him that mercy which we do not receive? We are overcome of evil, when the ill-treatment of one leads us to suspect the friendship of others. )Charity and kind offices, the best conquest over an enemyD. The enemies of truth may be more active, and we may be more thrown into contact with them, and so the evil may be more apparent, but there is no reason to believe that it is more widespread, or, save from the position of some of its advocates, more pernicious. Now suppose the old man had turned round on him, who could have blamed him? Whenever you meet with anything shocking in the common behaviour of life, whenever you are alarmed by unpremeditated offences, remember your own frailties, remember your God, infinitely indulging to these frailties; and from these motives be forbearing, forgiving to others.2. Is it a thing that is so part of man's manhood that his very individuality is concerned in it, or is it like a disease? )Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed himKindness to an enemy isJ. On earth both co-exist, though both coalesce.2. "Why don't you come out?" 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. 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. When you talk about shooting, I can shoot as well as you; but when you speak in that kind way I can be kind too." One is overcome of evil, when he attempts unnecessarily a public vindication of his character. When he had attained the imperial purple he met the man who had used him ill. We must conquer hatred by a display of that charity that is not easily provoked, and which thinketh no evil. Revenge, meanness of: — Revenge is a cruel word: manhood, some call it; but it is rather doghood. IS SECURED BY KINDNESS.1. If you make it a rule that nobody shall ever treat you with disrespect without meeting his match, you need not pray God to help you. Those against whom we have to contend need the gospel, and have the same right to a share in its provision as ourselves. Beast-like. )The best warfareR. But a question here arises by the way, whether, after a man has referred his cause to God, laying aside all thoughts of revenging himself, he may then pray to God to avenge him, or may take pleasure in observing that the Divine vengeance has fallen down upon his adversary. What should we think of the man who shrank away from some great famine or pestilence without a kind thought or deed for the sufferers? At the dawn of the age of mercy, a Pliny said, but had learned the sentiment from that very religion he affected to despise, "I esteem him the best good man, who forgives others, as though he were every day faulty himself; and who at the same time abstains from faults, as if he pardoned no one." Christians are discomfited when they lose the power of suffering in a Christlike spirit. Beasts and men conquer by force, but God conquers by love. Still no effect. But there is more danger here than in the war against scepticism, lest we yield too much to the demands of that charity which exists only so long as an opponent is content to hold his own opinions in abeyance. 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 he fancied that some other boy was mocking him, and became very angry. Soldiers of Christ love those virtues most which cost them most.2. And then, falling on his knees, he prayed for the reckless men. Falsehood is built on sand, and will some day come down of itself. I might go on with a score of proverbs all inculcating the sentiment of meeting evil with evil.1. 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. Minister to his need.3. In heaven there is good only; in hell evil only. Because the laws that govern the world are the laws of righteousness. Who is he that shall look this plain proposition in the face, and continue for another moment to foster rancour against an enemy?XII. And where a man's convictions are strong, it is very hard for him to appreciate the position of those who differ from him, and unless there be restraining influence, there will naturally be a strong display of feeling. But if the conduct of our neighbour have given us substantial hurt, another necessary question will next arise: — WAS THE INJURY WHICH HE INFLICTED INTENTIONAL? If one treats us unkindly we must treat him well. War has never solved man's problems, and God promises that those who live by violence will die by it (Matthew 26:52).Christians must treat others with kindness, gentleness, and love (Luke 6:31; Galatians 5:14-15). The world's errors in relation to being and well-being, to virtue, duty, happiness, God, man, destiny, lie as a dark, oppressive atmosphere upon its heart. Again, in point of safety, this is the best and surest course. No man, however bad, wishes evil to triumph.3. A Christian man is the noblest work of God, and one of his noblest features is readiness to forgive. Falsehood, profanity, dishonesty, etc., are to be put down only by good. THE CHEAPEST WARFARE. Your natural impulse is to be just as cross in return. By suffering anger to rest in his bosom, he becomes in God's esteem a fool.3. When you talk about shooting, I can shoot as well as you; but when you speak in that kind way I can be kind too." You cannot challenge the victorious and eternal laws of God, and you can only meet and overcome the evil by the good.3. PAUL ADVANCES BOLDLY FROM THE DEFENSIVE TO THE OFFENSIVE. But it was One from heaven who came down in all the amiableness of God, and taught the world principles of kindness; that to forgive is possible, and that the meek are blessed.I. "Be not overcome of evil."I. Tyson., J. When we shut our eyes from any general trouble we yield to it. 4. This is a most natural procedure. God can give you a peace that nothing can disturb. By his passions, which subdue his reason. The sheep never trespassed on Ladd's lot any more. H. The one presents every feature of another's character in the worst light; the other labours to discover the good.(J. H. Spurgeon.The text sets before us two things, and bids us choose the better. Truth is not ours to trifle with; to keep it hidden lest some friend might be "offended with something in its appearance. Quite exasperated, he shouted, "I'll fight you!" A high pitch of civilization cannot be reached or maintained in isolation. PERSONAL ADVERSARIES. If you live in a dirty street you can keep your own doorstep clean. The prophets spoke and the prophets failed; and at last came the terrible penalty — the Exile, which purged out the old leaven. Then came God manifest in the flesh, and men have since found in Him who is to be loved and reverenced, that there was the good that was to expel the evil.II. It counteracts our evil propensities.2. There has been too much of a sectarian spirit in all ages. )(3)Those who are sure to do an ill turn to those who have wronged them, if it lie in their power. Complaints were of no use, so one morning Ladd said to his men, " Set the dogs on those sheep, and if that won't keep them out, shoot them." If he will not oblige us, we must do kindnesses to him. He now urges the exercise of this latent power. Thomas, D.D. On earth both co-exist, though both coalesce.2. It seems I have got to keep your sheep, and it won't do to let them eat all that grain, so I came over to say that I will take them into my homestead pasture and I will keep them all the season." How do you deal with your children? He claims it —1. With the same measure that we mete, it shall be measured to us again.III. This is the main thing; and if this be carefully observed, we may be the less solicitous about the rest. IS POSSIBLE OVER THE WORST ENEMY.II. )The great conflictW. Jenkins, M.A.I. Objections:(1) The Scripture saith "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." How do you deal with your children? The guilty person was, of course, dreadfully afraid of his mighty foe. Its victory is ruin. (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. William Ladd had a farm in one of the states of America, and his neighbour Pulsifer's sheep were very fond of a fine field of grain belonging to Mr. Ladd, and were in it continually. PAUL ADVANCES BOLDLY FROM THE DEFENSIVE TO THE OFFENSIVE. Objections:(1) The Scripture saith "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth." Then the sun began to peep out, and as the wind fell, and the sunshine became, more powerful, the traveller loosed first one button and then another, until his coat was quite unfastened. A Christian is but a pardoned rebel, and may not avenge himself. (Harry Jones, M.A. Suppose now that there exist both injury and malevolence; it yet remains for our attentive recollection, WHETHER WE WERE NOT, OURSELVES, THE FIRST AGGRESSORS? )Wrath conquered by loveD. One of the sailor's mates said, "Jack, you could not provoke that man." Truth alone can conquer error, honesty, craft, etc.3. 674-676) argue that all of the Old Testament references to burning coals refer to God’s judgment on His enemies, not to bringing the shame of guilt or repentance on them. (2) If we put up with one injury, we will get more. was his defiant reply. The enemy laid their plan, and had purposed to burn to death those whom they seized. )How to conquer evilG. 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. said Echo. )The rule of the Christian warfareHarry Jones, M.A.1. If you think you cannot do away with it altogether, do not yield to it yourself. If one meets you who wears a shabby coat of ill-temper, your frowning won't make him lay it aside. Lyth, D. D.I. Because we abhor evil we will not therefore be overcome by evil; we will not ally ourselves with any evil, even though we imagine that the alliance will give us a transient victory over it. Touching instances are afforded of the subduing efficacy of good in the history of Saul and David. The injury, viewed in this light, is invested with an air of sacredness, and anger appears to border on rebellion and impiety.VIII. You know that is not the way to success. And obviously these coals of fire, heaped upon the head of an adversary, are not coals of burning vengeance, but coals of fervent love, the fire-flame of Jehovah, adapted to melt down his hardness, and to win him for ever to virtue and to God. )On revengeJ. You overcome, then, the evil by the good.4. 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. Then came God manifest in the flesh, and men have since found in Him who is to be loved and reverenced, that there was the good that was to expel the evil.II. I would rather, as far as I reverently may, adopt the Lord's prayer on the Cross — 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' Suffer not any affront to get the better of you.1. "Be six to his half dozen." The very thing your enemy wants is to make you descend to his level, but, as long as you remain unprovoked, you vanquish him. Don't yield to it. But to do that is to own yourself beaten, and no Englishman likes to be defeated. On the other hand, "He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city." We forget that Christ bears with them, and so our zeal becomes unchrist-like.2. Lyth, D. D.I. If one treats us unkindly we must treat him well. Hence we are concerned not only in the evil done to ourselves, but in that done anywhere.2. THE REVENGEFUL MAN IS OVERCOME BY VARIOUS EVILS,1. The spirit of appreciation, the spirit of imitation — these are the secrets of power.3. says one; "Utopian," cries another. Owen. Grant, M.A., J. Lyth, D.D.I. Complaints were of no use, so one morning Ladd said to his men, " Set the dogs on those sheep, and if that won't keep them out, shoot them." Instead of curing the original defect we have produced a second. Now there is but one model of a Christian man, and that is the man Christ Jesus, and whatever is Christly is manly. How do you deal with your children? It is just so in our lives. Newton, D.D. VENGEANCE IS THE PREROGATIVE OF GOD. Why, with a very small part of that sum we could clothe and feed all the poor people in the world, and send missionaries wherever they were needed. The one is uncharitable; the other kind. 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. Evil for evil is an edged tool which cuts the man who uses it: a kind of cannon which is most dangerous to those who fire it, both in its discharge and in its recoil. Their opposition to heaven is their greatest crime and curse. On the world's theory retaliation is justifiable. The Lord Jesus baptized His people with the Holy Ghost and with fire. But then there would have been no triumph of grace in the Christian, and no conversion in the sinner.5. The Emperor Adrian, before he reached the throne, had been grievously insulted. The prophets spoke and the prophets failed; and at last came the terrible penalty — the Exile, which purged out the old leaven. That good and evil are in this world. The children were playing in the streets, and the people were at work; and so, pulling up their horses, the soldiers inquired, "Where is the enemy?" No man, however bad, wishes evil to triumph.3. It will probably be of use to the persons for whose service this discourse is intended, to let them know the opinion of wise men concerning this spirit of revenge. Then followed some strong language, but Ladd replied, "I am sorry for it; but, neighbour, we may as well agree. 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. That evil must be overcome. Answer: Ver. Further, there is a direct connection between the transgression of Adam and the sin of the entire race. He is his brother's keeper, and this view of Divine chivalry is shared by many a one who has been blamed as busybody. Some of these were so amazed as to be unable to taste. and the voice replied,: "Fight you!" "We don't know, we are friends." You will readily understand how I must shrink from any such feeling. III. But, in "the best warfare," no blood is shed; no bones are broken; no wives are made widows; no children made orphans. Besides the appetites and affections that concern ourselves personally, there are others which respect our fellows and cannot be gratified without their presence. After he had said that, he thought to himself, "This will not do. 18-19 and throughout the passage. A slanderous report is repeated and magnified, because it has been wrathfully contradicted.3. In heaven there is good only; in hell evil only. You may have to fight single-handed, but with the power which backs you, you can do that. They went further — they prepared a sumptuous feast, and asked the captives to sit down and partake. It is true also in the religious world. A Christian man is the noblest work of God, and one of his noblest features is readiness to forgive. So he used to take his stand outside the windows, sing "Praise God, from whom all blessings flow"; and then, with earnest pleading, warn the revellers of their folly and sin, and point them to Christ. 3. Had we asked an artizan practised in "planishing," he would have told us that no good was to be done, but only mischief, by hitting on the projecting part. 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. James. The apostle gives the remedy. (2) Later comes the other passion. The Lord Jesus baptized His people with the Holy Ghost and with fire. )The Christian and his adversariesJ. He will succeed.V. We must try to conquer badness by goodness.I. )How to overcome an enemy: — I once took a nugget to a gold-melter to be assayed. "A soft answer turneth away wrath."III. Revenge, meanness of: — Revenge is a cruel word: manhood, some call it; but it is rather doghood. A revengeful passionate man is in danger of being overcome in a yet worse sense; he is in danger of being hurried into such crimes as will not only affect his peace and reputation at present, but will hazard his eternal happiness hereafter.II. Trapp. If we try to conquer by kindness or love, we are imitating God. But further, to advance to a yet higher consideration, put the case thus: Suffer not any affronts or injuries to get the better of your piety, or of your duty towards God. The manlier any man is, the milder and more merciful, as Julius Caesar, who, when he had Pompey's head presented to him, wept, and said, "I seek not revenge, but victory."(J. The unrenewed heart has a keen relish for revenge.2. It is true also in moral matters. Such a course increases the evil. How shall we flatten it? B. What a frightful sum to pay, just for the sake of killing men. Why, with a very small part of that sum we could clothe and feed all the poor people in the world, and send missionaries wherever they were needed. It has sustained what were, apparently, many defeats; but it soon rallied, and gave fresh proofs of its invincibility.2. was his defiant reply. Now if the man who intended to injure us has wounded himself, then we should pity him, and pray for him, and not study a duplicate revenge.2. There is in nature, or rather in the Divine purpose, a principle of prompt and powerful reaction. There has been a disposition to disbelieve in the existence of goodness beyond our own pale. Those against whom we have to contend need the gospel, and have the same right to a share in its provision as ourselves. )Wrath conquered by loveD. But is that which is so easy to the very worst of men the right procedure for those who ought to be the best of men?3. But those who are engaged in the best warfare are perfectly safe. Our Master was tempted for the great gain to do the little wrong. Instead of curing the original defect we have produced a second. Romans Sermons Home » Romans Sermons. Boyd Carpenter. A spirit of rivalry has introduced itself, and men have done for the love of party what they would not do from pure Christian motive. OVERCOME EVIL DEEDS WITH GOOD DEEDS. The enemies of truth may be more active, and we may be more thrown into contact with them, and so the evil may be more apparent, but there is no reason to believe that it is more widespread, or, save from the position of some of its advocates, more pernicious. Among these the leading one is that of God Himself; and it is brought forward by our Lord, indeed, when enjoining the love of enemies (Matthew 5:23, 24). This is what the apostle especially refers to in our text. Jack was quite sure he could, and it became the subject of a wager. Reflection on THE PRESENT CONDITION OF OUR ENEMY will further be highly useful in appeasing a vindictive disposition. THE MOST EFFECTUAL. But, if you meet him with a smile, he will soon throw it away in disgust.II. THIS IS THE ONLY EFFECTIVE METHOD. )Value of indirect effortsHerbert Spencer.You see that this wrought-iron plate is not flat; it sticks up a little towards the lips — "cockles," as we say. Nobody ever overcame evil by confronting it with evil. Boyd Carpenter.1. As existing in our own hearts. B. Romans 11 Romans 12:19 Romans 13. )Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. If we cannot pray about it, or praise about it, or think about it on our death-bed, let us let it alone.II. When Christians first appeared people called them "the men that turned the world upside down."I. If he will not oblige us, we must do kindnesses to him. Some one is very cross with you. That is the way to kill a bad spirit. BE NOT OVERCOME OF EVIL. There is triumph and conquest seen in the command a man has over his own temper and passions.2. 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. That calumny which has humbled us in the opinion we had falsely conceived of ourselves, and reduced our mental stature to its just dimensions; any substantial injustice which has furnished us with experience of the deceitfulness of the world and introduced us to an acquaintance with true religion, ought surely to soften, even to dispel our ill-will towards the individual who hath been the unconscious bestower of these spiritual benefits. But, if you meet him with a smile, he will soon throw it away in disgust.II. To which I answer that, were it really true that it carried this single inconvenience with it; yet, so long as there are innumerable conveniences on the other side, more than sufficient to counterbalance it, this single difficulty ought to be no objection against it. At last one of them arose (one of the heathen leaders), declared himself no longer a follower of helpless idols, stated his cruel intentions had he been successful, but that this utterly unlooked-for kindness of the Christians had fairly overcome him, so that he could only admire their humanity and mercy. Desire to win the champions of error, the effort to do them more than justice, must not degenerate into a latitudinarian charity. The effort of the Christian should not be always to meet objections, but rather to exhibit the gospel in its own simplicity. And if the result be really accomplished, you will have conquered an enemy, won an adoring friend, and saved a soul from death.(W. 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