"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
Christians are called to live 180 degrees different than non-believers.
This verse highlights one of the primary ways that difference is manifested. Christ-followers ACT they don't REACT! That is because we live by PRINCIPLES not by our PASSIONS.
Over this past week we have observed a textbook case of overreaction! Anyone who can get you to react has taken charge of your life.
Charlottesville was a classic demonstration of how leftists work. They orchestrate a chaotic situation and then use their thugs and the media to create an overreaction to steer public opinion in a direction they want it to go.
I get angry over these tactics and it upsets me. When angry or upset it is easy to overreact. But Christians act they don't react. I want to live with passion and energy but I ask God the Holy Spirit to help me not overreact.
In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul describes what it looks like to live with passion but according to principles: