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Evil: What did Jesus say about Evil

What did Jesus say about Evil

In discussing what Jesus said about evil, it is essential to recognize the multifaceted nature of His teachings, which span admonitions, parables, and direct instructions. Below are three significant Bible verses that encapsulate Jesus’ teachings on evil:

  1. Matthew 5:39 (ESV): “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
  2. Luke 6:27-28 (ESV): “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
  3. John 10:10 (ESV): “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

These verses offer a glimpse into Jesus’ comprehensive approach to confronting and understanding evil. Here are three main takeaways from Jesus’ teachings on evil:

  1. Non-Retaliation and the Power of Forgiveness: Jesus introduces a revolutionary ethic that contrasts sharply with human inclinations towards vengeance. By instructing followers to turn the other cheek and love their enemies (Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:27-28), He emphasizes forgiveness and the refusal to retaliate against evil. This approach disarms the cycle of vengeance and opens the door for reconciliation and peace.
  2. Identifying the True Enemy: Jesus distinguishes between the sinner and sin, identifying Satan (the thief) as the ultimate source of evil, destruction, and death (John 10:10). By doing so, He refocuses the battle against evil from human beings to spiritual forces, encouraging believers to recognize the true enemy behind acts of injustice and malevolence.
  3. The Prominence of Love and Prayer: Jesus underscores the importance of love and prayer as tools against evil. Loving one’s enemies and praying for those who persecute believers (Luke 6:27-28) are acts of radical love that embody God’s unconditional love for humanity. This approach transforms relationships, fosters healing, and breaks down barriers of hatred and division.

Jesus’ teachings on evil challenge believers to respond to injustice, hatred, and suffering with forgiveness, love, and prayer, seeking not only the transformation of their own hearts but also the redemption of the world around them.


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