A few years after the Twin Towers fell on 911, a destructive question was spread across the nation. The question was asked out of confusion. People were confused about the definition of evil. People were saying all over the country “what is evil and what do evil people do?” People were even confused about the very existence of evil. Who makes the rules? If individual people or groups define evil, then there will be lots of different definitions of evil out there, and each definition won’t be suitable for everybody. So who is right? It just may be easier to say that evil doesn’t exist.
If Satan is able to confuse people about the very existence of evil, then he’s won. Suddenly massacring thousands of innocent people isn’t so evil. But that isn’t true, because evil does exist.
Jesus clearly defines both good and evil in his holy word several times. In fact defining good and evil is one of the first things he does during his ministry on earth. Jesus separates the sinners from the saints. He says that the saints will love their enemies. The saints will bless the ones that hurt them and pray for those who mistreat them.
For the saints, that’s kind of a bitter pill to swallow. Here’s something to relieve the sour taste in the mouth of the saints: number one the Lord loves you and will seek justice for you, and number two, people who do evil may not know they are doing evil. A lot of times it is just because they don’t know any better. A lot of times, in their hearts, they think they are right for what they do.
Doing good to those who hurt you is a way of bearing good fruit from the abundance of your heart. People with evil hearts will not bear good fruit, they will bear bad fruit. Have you ever seen a reality television show where twelve strangers live in the same house and more often than not all twelve of them, eventually, in time, will end up going after each others’ throats in screaming matches and acts of revenge? That’s called bad fruit.
The saints are called to live their lives like Jesus, and that is how people will recognize good from evil. People will see the saints giving to those who steal from them, and they will see them loving those who hurt them instead of trying to tear their souls out with vicious words.
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36).