In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. Mk 1:21-28
It’s interesting to notice that Jesus didn’t rebuke the man. He rebuked the unclean spirit in the man. It is a very important lesson from Jesus to us as well, beloved. When someone belittles us or is flat-out mean to us, do we get upset at that person? Or do we realize that it’s not the person, but the unclean spirit within them who is producing the evil.
We really don’t have to take that abuse, but we do have to be very careful that we don’t become just like the evil spirit who’s hurting us, by our hatred or revenge. We are to love the person, because, like us, he/she is also a Child of God. We are to pray to God to remove that evil within them.
And our loving them, despite the evil, will often be enough to defeat that evil as well – with the help of Jesus!
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