Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21 (KJV)
This popular verse is hard to apply without context. It’s one of the verses that does not come from James that is clear about the need for good works in our lives. In context, the author is telling us that the actions that we take are not only good to those for whom we take them but that they’re able to help shield us from the evil and temptation that exists in this world. Works are not necessary for salvation, but through faith our works are able to strengthen us.
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