Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:9-13).
The starting point is to know what doing evil entails. There are many people who work hard, assuming to be doing the right things, and yet being the enemies of God. There are only two manifestations for one to know whether pursuing righteousness or pursuing evil. These two are summarized in altruism, on one hand, and self-centeredness, on the other. To some proportional degree, all activities fall into either of the two behavioural demeanours.
What is it that motivates one to plan and execute some activity? Criminals also spend time planning, before executing the adopted idea to commit a bank robbery. Success is achieved when having accessed the required cash without being caught, in that robbery. It can be difficult to know what motivates people in life’s activities, except by engaging them in communication.
Those engaged in altruism; apply the principle of communicating with fellow humans. Such people can be identified as extroverts. They love listening and reasoning with other fellow humans. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus was referring to those able to communicate with other people.
Therefore, those who become interested in how other people conduct their lives aiming at improving their living conditions are true Christians. They are driven by love, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is opposed to those minding their own businesses, uninterested in what happens next door.
Such introverts may not be regarded as bank robbers but are complicit in bank robberies. They could have made a difference if having engaged in communication with criminals before the bank robbery would be executed. Therefore, in this light, can be seen that introversion, focusing on self, is as wicked as bank robbery is wicked.
Jesus made a difference, by engaging an adulterous Samaritan woman. The conversation between Jesus and that woman developed into some powerful ministry in her community. Christians would be fooling themselves if assuming that God would be impressed by their introversion. No one was born to be a criminal. Those criminals are common people whose excuse for doing evil would be to eke a living, due to facing life’s challenges.
A person who focuses only on his own survival is as wicked as any criminal would be wicked in this world. True Christians are extroverts whose concerns are always to bring order to the environment. They go out of their way, to reach out to other people and communicate the gospel with them. They do not get tired, as finding communication to be the reason for God to allow them to continue surviving.