Dear friend[s], do not imitate what is evil but what is good. (3 John 11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What do you think this looks like? Here are just a few examples. I am sure you could add a few more.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7, NIV 1984).
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17–18, NIV 1984).
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11–12, NIV 1984).
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” (Matthew 5:38–41, NIV 1984).
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Matthew 5:43–47, NIV 1984).
My Advice – How good of a job do you think we are doing? Those who would oppress us, insult us, persecute us, and make false accusations about us — these are people that Jesus died for too. Make sure they see Jesus in how we respond. We may be the only glimpse of Jesus they ever get to see. It very well could change their eternal destiny.