“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but [imitate] what is good. The one who practices good [exhibiting godly character, moral courage and personal integrity] is of God; the one who practices [or permits or tolerates] evil has not seen God [he has no personal experience with Him and does not know Him at all].” (III John: 11, Amplified Bible)
The ability and desire to do right comes from God. Goodness is our true nature, and to honor this quality is an indication that we have seen God. We recognize goodness in others and want to be better ourselves, because we are becoming acquainted with divine Love. We have experienced this light in our hearts, and we yearn to feel it more by expressing it.
It may seem that those who do evil or let the ego rule their lives are getting by just fine. We may even feel inclined to imitate those who take the low road or follow their baser desires, to be more like some who may achieve fame or notoriety through their misdeeds or lack of real integrity or care. But this verse reminds us that to do evil is to not really know God. It is to be unaware of the grandeur and glory of divine Love, of God’s harmonious control and what it can do for us and our lives.
Those who permit or tolerate evil have forgotten this infinite Love that is so healing and true and powerful. Let’s remember that we are beloved and consciously show forth God in all that we do. Let’s be models and examples and so turn others from that ignorance of God to see Love in action, and to seek to express it in their own lives.
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