Sundown Devotional: Defeating Evil By Doing Good

Updated on January 17, 2020
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

As the sun sets on the workweek, Sundown Devotional brings friends together, away from the stress of the workplace and the hustle and bustle in the streets. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on defeating evil by doing good. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged. Welcome!

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The Devotional

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
(Romans 12:21 NLT)

When we steal from the neighbor who stole from us, we add to the number of thieves in our neighborhood. When we criticize those who criticize us, we enlarge the community of critics. We are called to disarm evil with good.

We may feel victimized by the misdeeds of others, but when we try to hurt others who hurt us, we also hurt ourselves. Why would we want to subject our lives to the stress of emotional and spiritual discomfort that comes with retaliation? Besides, after all the offenses we have caused, it is wise to submit ourselves to God’s mercy, at the same time we submit our offenders to Him. We are forgiven as we forgive.

The Bible counsels us to pay back those who do us wrong in several ways other than retaliation. These efforts fortify our minds against the desire to get even, strengthen our character and instill an inner peace which is beyond our human understanding.

Love: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.” ―Leviticus 19:18 (NIV)

Patience: “Don’t say, ‘I will get even for this wrong.’ Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.” ―Proverbs 20: 22

Kindness: [Saul to David] “You have been amazingly kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it.” ―1 Samuel 24:18

Self-Control: “Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” ―Proverbs 19:11

Blessing: “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing.” ―1 Peter 3: 9

Prayer: “Pray for those who persecute you!” ―Matthew 5: 43, 44

When we extend the grace which God gives, He keeps on giving. Then evil doers become attracted to the good which God empowers us to exhibit toward them. Often, that good conquers them.

Prayer: Gracious God, we are sorry for the many times we have been offensive to You and to our fellowmen. Thank You for your forgiveness. Please empower us to extend it to those who do us wrong. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture quotes are from the New Living Translation unless mentioned otherwise.

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Ten Quotes on Overcoming Evil With Good

  1. “When people become difficult to love, love them harder and pray for them even more. That's how you overcome evil with good.” ―Jeanette Coron
  2. “No greater trespass against God and angel and man; than a human who can say that they are entitled to repay good with evil.” ―C. JoyBell C.
  3. “The way to overcome the angry man is with gentleness, the evil man goodness, the miser with generosity, and the liar with truth.” ―Indian Proverb
  4. “Evil is powerful, but good is more powerful. In fact, evil is so powerful that only good has the power to overcome evil. Darkness can be driven away only by light.” ―Jay E. Adams
  5. “Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” ―John Lewis
  6. “God’s favor in its fullness is that which allows strength to overcome with weakness, love to overcome hatred, God’s goodness to defeat Satan’s evil nature.” ―Sunday Adelaja
  7. “Nothing can resist a person who is nonresistant... When you overcome negative with positive...hate with love... evil with good. You've turn a loss to a win... You have become profound.” ―Val Uchendu
  8. “Christians are not simply to sit back and wait for the time when they will be totally like Christ; they must be constantly and energetically active in the struggle to overcome evil with good.” ― Melvin E. Dieter
  9. "You may have the power to straighten out your critic. You may feel like giving them a piece of your mind. Your emotions may tell you, Get in there. Pay them back. Get even. Instead, listen to what the apostle Paul told his protégé Timothy: “Be calm and cool and steady” (2 Timothy 4:5 AMP). He was saying, in other words, “Don’t give away your power. Keep your strength under control.” ―Joel Osteen
  10. “So then, the command "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" is a clear witness to the fact that you can be a winner in the battle against evil.” ―Jay E. Adams

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Questions & Answers

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      • lawrence01 profile image

        Lawrence Hebb 

        5 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        "If your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he's thirsty give him a drink, by doing so you heap burning coals on his head"

        Thats the verse before, and I love the picture it gives.

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        Dora Weithers 

        7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        That's true, Rachelle. Just let's keep trying, till doing good becomes a habit.

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        Rachelle Williams 

        7 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

        "when we try to hurt others who hurt us, we also hurt ourselves." This is 100% true, but it's so hard to resist...

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Jessica, please accept my sympathy on the passing of your father. I hope that you have some good memories of happy times with him to help you through this difficult period. Glad to have you join my HubCircle.

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        Jessica Agnew 

        2 months ago from Jacksonville

        I need this. I love your hubs. My father just past so I need all help I can get. Thanks for the wonderful hub.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Denise. I like your strategy to help us maintain our stand against evil: "connecting ourselves to God early in the day so that we are able to keep our act together when we encounter the evil that exists in the world." This is the way to go.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Mary, thanks for sharing that great idea: to "pray for people I am not particularly fond of" as well as "people I care about." This is worth imitating.

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        Denise W Anderson 

        2 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

        This is excellent advice and well worth emulating. Retaliation gets us nowhere fast. It takes advance preparation, connecting ourselves to God early in the day so that we are able to keep our act together when we encounter the evil that exists in the world. Only then are we in a position to render good when someone throws garbage at us.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you for this reminder. Just what I need these days. Sometimes, I forget to pray for people I am not particularly fond of. I only remember people I care about but I need to do this and even try harder.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Lora, reacting negatively toward ill will is more the usual than the exception for most of us. We grow into the right attitude by practicing what we learn. Hopefully, we'll get there. We're on our way!

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        What a wonderful devotional this is, Ms. Dora. I know that sometimes I have been tempted by another person's ill will toward me to react in a negative manner toward them. But you remind us that in scripture, we are advised not to act in a vengeful manner but with instead to act with love and patience and to meet evil instead with good. We all need to be reminded of this. Good is much more powerful than evil, how true! I especially love this quote, “Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” ―John Lewis. Thanks for empowering us with this meditation.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Brenda, it is easy to forget. But then, verses like the one you quoted come to mind. These verses are written for our instruction and inspiration.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        Ms. Dora,

        This is a good one. It is great to be reminded of this truth.

        I often forget when I get upset with others actions that I am to love them more.

        I like this one, "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people,"

        Thank you for sharing.

        I love the inspiration you give to us.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Bill, you're right. It comes down to personal choice. Thanks for highlighting that.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Cheryl, we are blessed with the opportunity to inspire each other. May God make our efforts effective for our own good and for the good of others.

      • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Layne. Your comment is powerful. "To not react with reaction." We can all take a page from your book.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Eunice, thanks for sharing. I pray with you, for you, that you receive the victory over that situation. God knows your heart and He will reward you. Continue to be kind whenever He gives you the opportunity. Perseverance wins.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Cheryl, I appreciate your encouragement and I pass the same words of wisdom back to you, in love.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Corinne, thanks for your valuable contribution. It's all about passing on God's love and forgiveness which we receive freely from Him.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Flourish. You made me smile. Thanks for your encouragement.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Pam. We shouldn't want to hurt ourselves, but we will if we focus on getting even no matter what. That's why your attitude is commendable.

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        William Kovacic 

        2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

        In a world of hate, bitterness, and just plain wickedness, we have only one choice - and you nailed it, my friend. Thanks for the wisdom in this very important lesson.

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        I always enjoy your take on the word. So inspiring.

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        Layne Holmes 

        2 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Dora, a very nice read as always. This is very good and a solid reminder. Each day we must push our negativity aside and do what's right even in times of anger and stress. To not react with reaction. Any time I've practiced this the outcome is a resolution. Every time I forget to practice this I sit with dis-ease until I learn my lesson. Thanks for the read!

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        Eunice O'Garro 

        2 months ago

        It was just this morning a person whom I loaned moneys since 2018 to came to mind. I was saying God will punish her because she has no intention of paying me back She was asking for a certain amt but wisdom kicked in and i told her I could only loan her that much. according to her she was in a desperate situation, she had quit her job to take care of her Mom and she passed away, i truly admired her for that. and as compassion would have it i loaned her the money. She promised me on several occasion she will pay me after she pays her rent , then she said she was sick and bunch of other nonsense then has stopped answering her phone. Honestly I was seeking revenge in my heart, threatened her egally no response, so I satified my self with, "She can keep it. " I still wanted her to be punished, just just wicked.

        I knew better but bittetness kicked in, after reading your piece on Evil, I am asking God to help me to overcome what I am feeling towards her. There is a saying ..NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.

        My Motto from now is Do not be ignorant in Well doing.

        Happy Sabbath Teacher Dora

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        Cheryl E Preston 

        2 months ago from Roanoke

        You keep doing things the Lords way

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        CorinneB 

        2 months ago

        Thank you for this important reminder Weithers. That only through Christ Jesus and the Fruits of the Spirit and Prayer can we be overcomers. As I read am reminded that we can enter the kingdom of God with forgiveness.

        Your reading is powerful but I love where you remind us that as we extend grace God gives us more. What a God, what love!

        May God empower us forgive and love as we turn to Him. Blessings

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        You have a good heart, Dora. Some of the reactions are strong but don’t let that dissuade you.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        The quote from Romans is a favorite of mine also. I think this is a very important devotional as we only hurt ourselves when we payback evil by committing evil. I do not want to be angry at anyone, and I love the quotes today as they explain this so well. I think this article is excellent, Ms Dora.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. I appreciate your middle-of-the-road approach.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Manatita, thanks for your clarification on the subject. The change must happen in us for us to benefit.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Linda. I couldn't say it any better. We choose to hurt or heal ourselves.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Stella, we cannot change people but we can prevent their evil from ruining us. That's defeating evil. It begins with loving ourselves enough to protect ourselves from being imprisoned by other people's assaults. Even if they damage our bodies, it's our choice to let them damage our souls.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Eric, thanks for sharing. Hurt happens but our response may be more far-reaching than the pain. How we feel is important too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Devika. I'm encouraged to know that you like the devotionals. Will keep striving for your satisfaction and the satisfaction of others.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Manatita. You can expect my April quotes toward the end of February. That's recommended. I appreciate you.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks, Bill. Really, it's hard to believe that folks could be as bad as they are, but you and I have a chance to influence the people close to us. I believe in you, too.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Liz, I also like the practical messages in Romans 12. Sure the lessons are for all of us. You encourage me too. Thanks for sharing.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Conquering evil by doing good is excellent advice for many situations. Other strategies are needed in some situations in which humans are being cruel, but your advice is something that we should definitely consider.

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        You point is valid, Stella.

        God knows how tough enough life can be. However, what's sometimes needed, is just a change in one's angle of vision. In other words, feel that it is not X or Y that needs to change, but you. Change comes from within. Why is it that the Saint has no enemies?

        Because of his/her purity and vision. He/she sees easily, that the next person is also God. However, turning the other cheek or being meek is not always good. Spirituality must be fought from a position of strength. It is not a namby-pamby business.

        I say all this with much Love and you do have a valid point. So if you do not feel inherently strong, then stay away from the problem and offer silent prayers of Love. Peace.

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        Linda Lum 

        2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Dora, I know from personal experience that if you hold onto anger against one who has wronged you, the only person you harm is yourself. That hatred will fester and eat your heart like a cancer. Only in letting go of the negative feelings can you yourself begin to heal. Thank you for a lovely end to the week.

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        Stella Kaye 

        2 months ago from UK

        You can't conquer evil by doing good. It is an absolutely ridiculous notion to even expect it to happen. Believe me, I know. Some people are evil to the core and so good actions or kind intentions towards them are never going to change their ways. Don't be naive in thinking you can change an evil person because you won't be able do it.

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Fantastic Dora. Just lovely I liked the Indian saying the best. I must admit when someone intends to and does harm me I am hurt. So I practice this notion in a quite selfish manner -- So I feel better.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        There is good and evil and the bad often is spoken of more than the good. I like your Sundown Devotionals it brings out all good emotions and some different emotions.

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        Your quotes here are infinitely better than the last Hub and well thought out. Your highlighted virtues are meaningful and sublime. The piece is written exquisitely. Please don't jump to April next week and again, try to feel the quotes you're choosing. Much peace.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I watch the news, and I see the bad things that people do, and I'm left just shaking my head. What leads a person to the point of robbery or assault or murder? It simply would not dawn on me to hurt someone else.....such a sad mess out there.

        But then I see good people like you, Dora, and hope returns.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        This is a very positive message. If only world leaders would take heed, but we each have our part to play. Thanks once again for your encouragement. Romans 12 is a favourite passage of mine.

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