Evil, believers' responses to
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How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Stay away from every kind of evil.
He said to mankind,
“The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom.
And to turn from evil is understanding.”
Leave, leave, go out from there!
Do not touch anything unclean;
go out from her, purify yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt generation!”
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.
Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. You are indeed unleavened, for Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:I will dwell among them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be My people.read more.
Therefore, come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing,
and I will welcome you. I will be a Fatherto you,
and you will be sonsand daughters to Me,
says the Lord Almighty.
But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother who walks irresponsibly and not according to the tradition received from us.
Turn away from evil and do what is good;
seek peace and pursue it.
To fear the Lord is to hate evil.
I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct,
and perverse speech.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects the lives of His godly ones;
He rescues them from the power of the wicked.
Hate evil and love good;
establish justice in the gate.
Perhaps the Lord, the God of Hosts, will be gracious
to the remnant of Joseph.
For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed.
But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”
But turning around and looking at His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan, because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s!”
Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.
Why, then, do all of you despise My sacrifices and offerings that I require at the place of worship? You have honored your sons more than Me, by making yourselves fat with the best part of all of the offerings of My people Israel.’
Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel,
Then Samuel said:Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,
to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.
Why then have you despised the command of the Lord by doing what I consider evil? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife—you murdered him with the Ammonite’s sword.
For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. You have been foolish in this matter. Therefore, you will have wars from now on.”
The Spirit of God took control of Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood above the people and said to them, “This is what God says, ‘Why are you transgressing the Lord’s commands and you do not prosper? Because you have abandoned the Lord, He has abandoned you.’”
They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, “Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the Lord—only the consecrated priests, the descendants of Aaron, have the right to offer incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully! You will not receive honor from the Lord God.”
Let the righteous one strike me—
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me—
it is oil for my head;
let me not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.
Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity.”
Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field? Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God!”
Then Peter said to her, “Why did you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out!”
Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid.
Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,
So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.
But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil.
ButIf your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing
you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.
And do not bring us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.]
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone
in debt to us.
And do not bring us into temptation.”
Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
- Responses (2 instances)
- Discipline Of The Church
- Do Good!
- Duties To Enemies
- Evil Associations
- Forgiving Others Who Hurt You
- God Turning Bad Things Into Good
- Hating Evil
- Love Your Neighbour!
- Loving Your Enemies
- Opposition, To Sin And Evil
- Resisting Temptation
- Revenge, And Retaliation
- Satan, As Tempter
- Sexual Immorality
- Showing Hypocrisy
- Sin, Avoidance Of
- Staying Positive
- Temptation, Resisting
- The Devil
- Enemies, of believers
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