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Let Evil End! ...

Thursday, June 25, 2015. It is an old wish of mankind, to let evil end. Evil can come to us by the hands and actions of other people. At the same time, we are part of evil - things are not that simple. Our own actions, our ignorance and our hate which can quickly evolve if we feel hurt, is all part of what we call evil!

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Can you be sure? …

How can you be sure to be good or evil? Many people think they are the good ones, and others are the evil. And indeed, there can be more evil in some actions than in others. Not everything is relative, but there are clear lines of ethics. We all know that some things are evil - murder, lies, fraud.

The bible knows one key step towards leaving evil: repentance. Only when people want to repent, want to do better when ever they realize something is not good, then we can get somewhere with them. No one is save from mistakes. We all fail, now and then or even daily with some of our attitudes. So we need forgiveness. And we need the desire and readiness to repent, to change or be changed, to move forward towards a good goal!

Sometimes I am astonished about how straight things are written in the psalms. If a man does not repent, he is on a very dangerous path! Here, the line continues all the way from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In Christ Jesus we receive full reconciliation and forgiveness. But we need to trust our life into his hands! Let us look into Psalm 7 and its far reaching proclamations:

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Dangerous Path …

9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts,3 O righteous God! 10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; 13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. 17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (Psalm 7, 9-17)

We need to note that it is the Lord's righteousness, which is praised here. This psalm - like so many others - already proclaims New Testament insight. It is the righteousness of Christ Jesus, which is the core and centerpiece of God's forgiveness. It is his name, in which all men are saved! (RWEP) ... more texts

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