16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:16-18 (KJV)

I use to work in a warehouse where we unloaded trucks. Many times, truck drivers didn’t like the warehouse policies involving the unloading of trucks. So, they would make threats and even, on occasion, get in the face of the warehouse employee.

This is a common action, even outside the truck driving environment. People will provoke the other in an attempt to get one of two things, their way or you mad. As long as they get one of those two, they are happy.

When ever this would happen, the employees would come get me. They knew that I had learned self control in dealing with these situations. My wife will tell you, I have not always been this way; and still fall on occasion. But, it’s been a learning process that I’ve went through. I’ve grown to have an appreciation for the look on a persons face when I respond in a manner they totally did not count on.

People are going to come along and “push our buttons”, even in the church. Satan want’s two things from you... for you to give in and push back. It’s not a physical battle with the individual but a spiritual battle with our adversaries. Since we know this, don’t fight back physically or verbally, fight back spiritually. You don’t have to give in to their demands. Showing love and kindness, doing good and not evil does not mean you do everything someone commands of you; you can tell them “no” in a loving and polite way. And, enjoy the look on their face when you return good for their evil.

No, this process is not easy and does not happen over night. The Bible says "Learn to do good", but we should be dutifully striving to put away evil. Jesus often taught this practice because our purpose is the building of the Kingdom, and spiritual growth of those within the Kingdom. How can we be a witness, how can we let our light shine, how do we lead someone to Christ while people hear us saying slanderous things to a person?
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