Do I Have to See the Evil in the World?

But you need to be aware that in the final days the culture of society will become extremely fierce. People will be self-centered lovers of themselves and obsessed with money. They will boast of great things as they strut around in their arrogant pride and mock all that is right. They will ignore their own families. They will be ungrateful and ungodly.

They will become addicted to hateful and malicious slander. Slaves to their desires, they will be ferocious, belligerent haters of what is good and right. With brutal treachery, they will act without restraint, bigoted and wrapped in clouds of their conceit. They will find their delight in the pleasures of this world more than the pleasures of the loving God.

They may pretend to have a respect for God, but in reality they want nothing to do with God’s power. Stay away from people like these!

2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭5‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Every time someone says we are living in evil times, I cringe. I don’t want to live in a world where people are like the verses above. My world doesn’t feel evil, it’s full of blessings and beautifully imperfect people. My life is progressing in the good things God is leading me in. I know evil exists, but I believe the world should know God’s love and goodness by the way we show His love, not by our judgements. God, who knows all things, sent Jesus, not in judgement, but to save us.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.

John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬-‭21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So will the world come to know God by our judgements? That’s a hard way of going about it. Look at that last verse, it tells us we should be doing what is right, doing what God wants. Here are some more guiding scriptures:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John‬ ‭13‬:‭34‬-‭35‬ ‭ESV

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭9‬-‭10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I may not like watching the news or listening to people’s prejudices, but neither should I bury my head in the sand. While I continue to live in the goodness of God’s light, look at the Timothy verse again, Paul tells Timothy, “…you need to be aware…”

So, do I have to see the evil in me world? No. It’s more than I can handle. The trick for us Highly Sensitive People (HSP’s) is not to become fearful or overwhelmed and sometimes that means not looking at the evil in the world. But we shouldn’t be ignorant either.

I want to leave you with a verse I shared in my last post:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I pray you will find the good you are created for and that God’s love will pour out through you as light to a dark world.

Grace & Peace,


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