Beware of the evil person
by Patte Smith on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 1:03pm ·
Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
backbiters, haters of God, despiteful,
proud, boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless...
For those who are self-seeking
and who reject the truth and follow evil,
there will be wrath and anger.
~ Romans 1:29-31;2:8
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
Avoid such people.
~ II Timothy 3:2-5
But if you have bitter jealousy
and selfish ambition in your hearts,
do not boast and be false to the truth.
Who is wise and understanding among you?
By his good conduct let him show his works
in the meekness of wisdom.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there will be disorder and every vile practice
~ James 3:14-16
Beware of evil in yourselves and in others.
Evil people exhibit a profound absence of empathy. The victims of an evil person are considered objects to be controlled or destroyed. Evil views others as little (or nothing) more than a service to themselves. However, an evil person often has the ability to masterfully portray his or her motives and behavior as 'innocent'.
Were they ashamed when they committed abomination?
No, they were not at all ashamed;
they did not know how to blush.
A second attribute of evil is shamelessness. The experience of legitimate shame is a gift of God's common grace. It can provide exposure of one’s guilt and is meant to act a potent deterrent to proceeding in a shameless direction. Evil people, however, refuse to feel ashamed. Evil almost always works to attempt to shame OTHERS, especially those who expose their guilt. They want to gouge out the eyes that see the truth about them, often trying to shame or mock their accusers.
The evil person likes to portray false contrition to lull his/her victim to sleep, so that it can continue to dominate, abuse and, potentially, destroy his/her prey.
One of the greatest gifts one can give a person inclined towards evil is to frustrate their attempts to trick, fool, beguile, misuse, dominate and destroy others.
Romans 1:25 explains how human beings are primed by their own sin nature to be subject to submitting to the dominion of evil;
"... because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen."
Evil (in ourselves and in others) will not be conquered as long as our hearts live for sensual pleasure, to obtain immediate relief (instant gratification) or escape profound loss. We must learn, by the Holy Spirit, to be totally dependent upon Christ, and Christ alone, in order to escape the sway and bondage of evil.
We must live, first and foremost, to love, serve, please and bring glory to the Savior. Then, we will begin to learn what it means to really LOVE sinners, including the profoundly evil people who have us charmed, mesmerized or to whom we are addicted.
We must be surrendered in holy devotion and worship Jesus only, rather than worshiping and serving creatures and self. And then, as Dan Allender writes: "Only when we have little or nothing to lose will we be willing to love.”
The first examples that come to mind as examples of evil people are those who sexually abuse children. I know of fathers, step-fathers, uncles and grandfathers who molested girls in their family for many years. When confronted with their evil the molesters often portray themselves as innocent and cast aspersions on their victims.
I know women who are beguiled by lovers who like to consider themselves 'heroic' (perhaps even 'spiritual') but who are in truth, evil, ruthless men who care for no one but themselves. The men I am thinking of are 'religious' and play the 'Christian' card, using scriptures to continue their domination.
In order for these women to break the bondage to these men (which is also the bondage of their OWN SIN, because they are worshiping MAN instead of God) they need to face the truth about the machinations (modus operandi) of evil. We must remember that Satan presents himself as an "angel of light" & evil has the tendency to do the very same thing.
And, of course, as we read these descriptions of evil we cannot deny that they fit many of the abortion-bound mothers (fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers and accomplices) we are meeting in lines outside of the killing place. Half of them have already murdered one (or more) babies previously. They deny (or assuage) their personal guilt and seek to make themselves out to be justified in pre-meditating and violently attacking an innocent person in the womb because of what they are "going through". They portray themselves as 'victims' of circumstance, rather than willfully evil.
These notes are thoughts on much of what I learned about evil people from Dan Allender's book Bold Love. It's an EXCELLENT book and I highly recommend it. Here's another quote from Allender which I love:
Godly love exposes darkness with a with a strength that reveals God's righteousness
and a tender mercy that invites the heart to repent & receive forgiveness..
Love does not merely proffer forgiveness;
it must expose the human bent to justify oneself and blame the victim while feeling little or no remorse. Oddly, love exposes first one's own proclivity to evil and sin
in order to clarify that no one has escaped the great divide between the heart and God.