BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
J. Stephen Lang
-- "Revenge is sweet" -- in the world's view. It seems human -- all
too human to retaliate when someone injures us. People gain pleasure sometimes
from just planning revenge, even if they never carry it out. This is not only
a waste of time and mental energy, but, more importantly, downright wrong.
seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD .
Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong."
Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.
If you set a trap
for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on
others, it will roll back and crush you.
Never pay back evil
for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.
Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.
never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance;
I will repay those who deserve it." says the Lord.
statement on revenge is in Jesus' famous words in the Sermon on the Mount:
have heard that the law of Moses says, `If an eye is injured, injure the eye of
the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the
person who did it.' But I say, don't resist an evil person! If you are slapped
on the right cheek, turn the other, too. If you are ordered to court and your
shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry
his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don't turn
away from those who want to borrow.
"You have heard that the law of Moses says,
`Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemy! Bless those
who curse you, do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who persecute you!
In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For
he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the
just and on the unjust, too."
Christians have been persecuted
from the New Testament days until now. It is hard to keep from hating the persecutor.
But Paul, who had endured persecution himself, told the Christians to endure it
patiently, without wanting vengeance:
God will use this persecution to show
his justice. For he will make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering,
and in his justice he will punish those who persecute you. And God will provide
rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears
from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment
on those who don't know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our
2 Thessalonians 1:5-8
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.
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