Matt. 5:39 – Resist Not Evil

by Amod Joshi on December 21, 2012

Resist Not Evil

“But I say unto you; That you resist not evil.” Matt. 5:39

In another verse Jesus expressed the Law more simply; He said: “I say unto you, love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you; pray for them that despitefully use you.” In studying his statement one might at first think the Master was favoring the enemies, the opponents. Not at all; Jesus was speaking to all who desire to use the Law. To extend a loving thought to anyone or anything removes the opposition and enmity that once seemed there. This removal must first be in the  person’s consciousness. Once the thought of enmity is removed from your consciousness you will not attract the same condition again. Do good to them that hate you because in doing good you are raised above the thought of hate and hate then cannot touch your life. Bless them that curse you and pray for them that misuse you. Why? Blessing calls forth the highest good within you. The highest good within you can only attract the highest good from another. To attract such good you are running around all opposition and abuse. Thus to live the Law with others about you does not especially favor the others so much as it favors you. It affects others in that it takes away from them their weapons of hate, malice, revenge and the like, and their love and interest will be reciprocal with yours.

If a man resists a situation, he will have it always with him. If he tries to run away from it, like a shadow it follows him, and repeatedly he will meet it again. If he ignores the hardness of the condition and fearlessly works around it, he will find a time when that hard condition will have been absorbed and removed. Accept the condition as some evidence of good. Look for that good, and by being acceptable to it more and more evidence of it appears.

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