We should not allow unforgiveness to invade our heart and thus, be overcome by evil rather than overcoming evil with good. Christ taught us: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28) He taught us to love those who mistreat us for our own sake as much as for theirs–because forgiving keeps us close to God. We do not forgive those who hurt us so that we may be closer to them—we forgive to become closer to God. When we are close to God, we are not overcome by evil because evil has no power over God. Thus, we are told to love those who hurt us because it brings us closer to God and then we engage HIS power against evil rather than allowing ourselves to be defeated by unforgiveness which breeds evil within us. “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink…Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:20a-21) If we apply Christ’s teaching of forgiveness, we move to a deeper level in our personal relationship with Him. Then, no matter what level of evil we encounter, HE is the One fighting our battles. When people hurt us, we must take our wounded heart to our Savior and ask Him to heal us. We find that an integral part to HIS healing is OUR forgiveness. We must forgive—i.e., clean our slate and not re-hash the evil misdeeds in our mind and allow them to infect our heart. A sure sign that we’ve been healed is measured in our ability to pray for those who have hurt us and to be kind to them with an honest and pure heart. A pure heart comes only from God. Loving our enemies does not make us weak; rather, it infuses us with the strength of Almighty God—and then–He fights our battles against evil! A forgiving heart is not overcome by evil but rather it overcomes evil with good!