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Scripture outlines several ways in which believers should respond to evil.

Psalm 118:6–7 ESV
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
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Evil is to be avoided

Ps 1:1; Pr 4:14; 1 Th 5:22
1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV
Abstain from every form of evil.
See also Job 28:28; Ps 119:115; Pr 4:27; Pr 14:16; Is 52:11; Ac 2:40 Peter’s appeal to the crowd; Ro 12:9; Ro 13:14

Evil likened to yeast:

1 Co 5:6–7; Ga 5:9
Galatians 5:9 ESV
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
2 Co 6:14–18; Eph 4:27; Eph 5:3; Eph 5:6–7; 2 Th 3:6; 1 Pe 3:11; Ps 34:14

Evil is to be hated

Proverbs 8:13 ESV
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
See also Ps 97:10; Am 5:15; Jn 3:20; Ro 12:9

Evil is to be rebuked

Mt 16:23; 2 Ti 4:2
Matthew 16:23 ESV
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
See also 1 Sa 2:29; 1 Sa 13:13; 1 Sa 15:22; 2 Sa 12:9
Nathan rebukes David; 1 Ki 18:18
Elijah rebukes Ahab; 2 Ch 16:9; 2 Ch 24:20; 2 Ch 26:18; Ezr 10:10; Ps 141:5; Da 4:27; Da 5:22; Mt 14:4
John the Baptist rebukes Herod; Lk 23:40; Ac 5:3–4
Peter rebukes Ananias; Ac 5:9
Peter rebukes Sapphira; 1 Ti 1:3; 1 Ti 5:20; Tt 1:13; Tt 2:15

Evil is to be resisted

Pr 1:10; Ga 2:11; Eph 6:11; Jas 4:7
Ephesians 6:11 ESV
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
See also 1 Co 5:13; Eph 5:11; Heb 12:1; 1 Pe 2:1; 1 Pe 5:9

Evil is to be repaid with good

Lk 6:35; Ro 12:20–21
Luke 6:35 ESV
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Romans 12:20–21 ESV
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
See also Pr 25:21–22; Ex 23:5; Le 19:18; Mt 5:44; 1 Th 5:15; 1 Pe 3:9

Believers should pray in response to evil

Mt 6:13; Ac 4:29; Heb 4:16
Acts 4:29 ESV
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness,
See also Ex 17:4; 1 Ki 18:36; 2 Ki 19:19; 2 Ch 20:12; Ezr 8:23; Ne 1:4; Mt 26:41; Ac 12:5; Jas 5:13

Believers should trust God in the face of evil

Ps 23:4; Mt 26:39
Psalm 23:4 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Matthew 26:39 ESV
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
See also Ps 4:8; Ps 20:7; Ps 27:1; Is 12:2; Da 3:17–18; Hab 3:17–18; 2 Ti 1:12; Heb 13:6; Ps 118:6–7
Daniel 3:17–18 ESV
If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

God’s Plan For Saving Man

Romans 1:16 ESVFor I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Acts 16:31 ESVAnd they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Romans 10:10 ESVFor with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Luke 13:3 ESVNo, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Acts 22:16 ESVAnd now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Revelation 2:10 ESVDo not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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