September 30, 2021

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:17-19)
As we continue our look at how to forgive when it is hard, I recall one of the most challenging things for me (before becoming a Christian) to do when someone had hurt me was not desiring to get revenge. This brings me to the third point. We must release the people that have harmed us from our punishment (Romans 12:17-19) puts it this way, “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” As difficult as it may be for us to do, we must not seek retaliation (Matthew 5:38-42) tells us, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
Again, friends, as we discipline ourselves to pray for those that have harmed us, God will change our hearts from being revengeful to loving and desiring good for the person that may have harmed us. That said, is that not also what Jesus did for each of us; even though our sins hurt Him, He desired no harm come to us (His children) as He went to the cross for each of us. Would you pray with me?
Gracious Lord, Your Name is Love, in Love may You receive my prayer. My sins are more than the vast sea’s sand, but thankfully, where my sins abound, there is grace more abundant.
Father, please help me see that the revenge I am feeling right now will only bring me more hurt and anger, and it will not make me feel closer to You. Father, please remind me that You are aware of my pain and that You have not left my side. I know that You do not want me to hold evil in my heart, and instead, I should trust that You will find justice for my hurt. Thank You, Lord, for listening to my prayers and taking away my pains of injury! For it is in Your Precious Name I Pray, Amen

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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