Both/And

It’s not just enough to turn from evil

Psalm 34:1-22

Reference: “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm‬ ‭34:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I recently attended my 20 year school reunion. It was nice to catch up with some old friends I had not seen for a long time.

There were a few people, however, I was slightly challenged to see. It was not the popular kids or those I still found offensive, but I was challenged by those students who used to get picked on.

Did I pick on them in high school? No I didn’t. But did I befriend them and help them have an enjoyable school experience? No, I didn’t.

I was so wrapped up in my own self-doubt that I worried how I would be perceived if I aligned myself with some of them.

You see, while it was good that I held my tongue when I could have come up with put-downs, the fact that I was not proactive in supporting them was just as bad.

Application: When king David spoke of his thankfulness to God he said we were to “Turn from evil AND do good; seek peace AND pursue it.” (Emphasis mine)

This is a great reminder that it’s not just enough to turn from evil.  We must take the next step to do good.

Let us not be found with regret and disappointment at lost opportunities to go the extra mile.

Prayer: Lord, may I go the extra mile for You, knowing that an extra mile with You is worth more than a million miles with anyone else. Amen.

How can you take the next step in expressing your faith?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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