The time has come when good is called evil and evil good. There are so many in this world and in this day and age that are deceived. In their own hearts they do wickedness, yet claim to follow the Lord and do what is right. But they are wholeheartedly against the Lord.
They are completely convinced in their own minds that they do what is right. But the Lord will reveal the truth in the end, and everything both good and evil will be laid bare for all to see.
“Thinking themselves wise they became fools.” Romans 1:22
But do not be afraid of anyone. If you are serving the Lord with a pure heart, truly seek to follow, obey, and honor the Lord with your every action and motivation of your heart, the Lord is on your side.
Continue doing good, even in the face of persecution. For those who accuse you and revile you will receive their just reward in due time. They will not escape from the punishment the Lord has planned for them. He has always known they would turn away from His pure ways to serve themselves and the ways of wickedness.
Keep your ways pure and holy doing what is good. Do what is right and honorable before the Lord, with faithfulness, with a good and clean conscience. Be kind and respectful to all no matter what others say or do.
For no matter what happens to you, if you are doing what is right and good, pleasing to the Lord in everything you do, you will be blessed.
You will be blessed if they listen to the Gospel and repent. Blessed if they join you in your good works. Blessed if they revile and curse you. Blessed if they persecute you. Yes, you will be blessed in every situation. No matter what the Lord allows to befall you, if you obey Him, He will bless you and reward your faithfulness.
So stand firm, stand strong, and hold fast to the all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal Lord God almighty.
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.