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1/14/15 - Revenge is God’s and His alone

Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  Romans 12:19

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.  Leviticus 19:18

I can get so mad at other people for what they do.  When someone abuses a child, I go ballistic and want to teach that person a lesson in the same way they are mistreating a child.  Speeding hogs that drive on your bumper can cause road rage in you. (BTW: never reach the “road rage” level, and never ever get out of your car to confront someone else.  You don’t know what they have in their glove compartment.)  There are numerous times in most of humanity where revenge is all we can think about toward another person.  We want to take the law into our own hands.  We plot how we can be avenged.  We want to be the police, the judge, the jury, and the executioner.  BUT, this is not what God wants for you.

In all situations, God would desire for you to be at peace.  He relieves us of the motive for revenge, because He makes it plain that He will take revenge against those who abuse others.  Child abuse, in any form, is one of my hot buttons.  God says He will take the perpetrator, tie a millstone around their neck and throw them into the ocean.  “Yah! God!”

God knows the weakness of our flesh.  When we allow the flesh to take control of our mouth, our arms and our hands, we could get into some serious trouble.  First of all, we are not being Christ-like.  We should remember Christ being brutally beaten by the Roman soldiers.  He should have died from the beatings, but that was not God’s plan.  Christ had to die on the cross for our sins to be forgiven.  Peter tried to stop the Jewish police from arresting Jesus, and Peter lashed out with his sword and cut off one of the men’s ears.  Jesus healed that ear.

I hope you are beginning to realize that God wants you to remove the flesh that you have in you that causes you to want to seek revenge.  He knows that this fleshly emotion is not spiritually good for you.  The verses above are clear that God will avenge all of the wrongs done on this earth.  It is a promise from Him that we, as Believers, must believe and live like it.  God tells us to love our enemies.  Jesus told God to forgive those who were crucifying him. 

God desires us to demonstrate behavior in the Kingdom of God where we love God and serve others.  We forgive everyone who has taken advantage of us.  We live a totally different kind of life from that of those who live a worldly life.  I repeat: revenge is a promise from God; He wants you to love your enemies.  Start practicing this spiritual truth today.  Your life will be different – complete, full, peaceful, and content.

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