When others hurt the things we love, our first instinct is returning the hurt in double doses. When our integrity is attacked, our first instinct is to defend ourselves. When we are wrongly treated, our first instinct is to repay the evil for evil.
The Bible reminds us that avenging ourselves, though instinctive, isn’t our business; vengeance is God’s business. God says in Deuteronomy 32:35, “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” Romans 12:17-18 plainly says, “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
The bible calls us to take the high road. It’s hard to practice that “repay no evil for evil; turn the other cheek; forgive seventy times seven” Christian behavior…but it is not impossible….for we have help. “We have the same God that has worked for His people in ages past. Jesus stands by our side, and shall we falter?–No, as the trials come, the power of God will come with them. God will help us to stand in faith on His Word, and when we are united, He will work with special power in our behalf.” (Ellen G White, My Life Today, p. 99) God calls us to respond to attacks in a way the world may not understand. He admonishes us to respond to unfairness in a way that goes against the very fiber of our being. He calls us not to ignore the injustice or unfairness but not allow them to stress, define or control us.
Whenever you are tempted to repay evil for evil, in one way or the other, pause and take a minute to ask for divine wisdom to respond appropriately; leave the matter to God – let Him defend you. Protect your peace and meditate on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Philippians 4:8).
1. It is better to be controlled by the Spirit of God than by our anger or bitterness. (Give God complete access to your emotions and burdens so that He can give you the peace and strength needed to be honorable at any cost.)
2. Maintaining your peace is worth more than cherishing bitterness (Bitterness is a burden. Anger is a poison. Running on the mill of revenge will only leave you frustrated, dissatisfied, empty, tired.)
3. Time wasted plotting revengeful acts can never be regained.
4. Showing mercy to others isn’t a sign of weakness but an act of worship to God who shows mercy to us when we least deserve it. Today, embrace the wisdom found in Deuteronomy 32:35. God will fix those who hurt and wronged you and ultimately lead them to redemption. He will probe the conscience of your unfair boss or abusive partner. He will stir conviction in the heart of the friend that betrayed you. He will humble the friend that planted seeds of lies about you.
God has your back so take the high road.
Peace, love and blessings,
Scripture of the Week
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14: 14
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