Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath for it is written vengeance is mine I will repay saith the Lord. Romans 12:17-19
A strong warning, knowing God wants us to be aware first, that we are not to repay someone else, with evil, for the evil they have given you.
Are you struggling with this? Are you so close to the verge of wanting to let someone have it back, and you are contemplating revenge?
You are in a dangerous place if you are. So you are angry? Well remember this as well.
Be ye angry and sin not let not the sun go down on your wrath give no place to the devil.
So that means you are called to forgive. The word tells us, we are to forgive.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
It is hard sometimes, but if we have gotten to the place, where we are listening to the devil, and with our emotions, conceiving the sin in our hearts, it can actually turn into something, you would regret. This is a time, to be reminded we have to take it to the obedience of Christ.
II Corinthians 10:5-6
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Do you see that last part about revenging yourself to be obedient, instead of disobedient? That is where God, will bless you, and take vengeance on your enemy for you. So be obedient to God.
We need to have a mindset, a natural obedience, to believe God, and to bring this to the obedience of Christ. Bring it to the cross. Remember what Christ has done for you. To set you free. Don’t let the devil tempt you into this.
One because you could do something, you would regret, but more importantly, God would see this, and you do not want to be judged for taking matters into your own hand, where here he tells you vengeance, is mine. I will repay. He will take care of it. You are precious to God. He loves you.
Reacting from our emotions, in any situation, is really very dangerous. As we mature in Christ, we can let the Holy spirit, kick in, and take control. Can you imagine, how many jail cells would be empty, if people, would heed what the word of God says, about forgiving, about not taking matters into our own hands? Forgiving, is for our own good. Someone once said, in passing, not forgiving, is like taking, poison yourself, and expecting the person, who did you wrong to die. Its just not going to happen. Instead you would be poisoned.
Do you really want them or anyone to have that kind of an affect on you, for the rest of your life? Let it go….
Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord. He will deal with them. He certainly, does not need your contribution in this matter, and He can take care of things himself. He has a way, of making things turn around. But you have your part.
You have to give it to him, trust him, walk away from this, forgive, and walk in love. Even if your heart is broken, even if you are so angry, do not let that settle in your heart and spirit.
You may never trust that individual again. But don’t take matters into your own hands. You would reap, something that you would not want in your life. Eternal damnation, is one possibility, without repentance. So think about that, and let go, and let God. He will take care of this for you….
And before I close, remember what James 4:6-8 says, don’t be proud in this, hard-headed, thinking. It is your job to avoid.
But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and He will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
I know, I am writing this for someone, if you would like to share your thoughts, please feel free. I would pray for you.
And as I conclude: remember this…
Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer; Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. II Thessalonians 1:5-10
All you are called to do, is love them, forgive them, and release this by keeping Gods love unified in your heart….Know that God will take care of those who have hurt you, or offended you, and know they will be punished. All you have to do is forgive, and put it in Gods hands. So you can go on.
Blessings, and Just my thoughts….Elena Ramirez
A Prayer of Hope….
Father, how I praise you, and love you, for teaching me your ways. In obedience, there is peace, joy, and yes protection. Lord, I think of David, and how Saul hated him, but David walked in love. He could have hurt him back many a time, he could have done much for the things Saul did to him. But instead he honored him, he even honored his family, after he was dead and gone. Lord, there are times when we are so angry, and so hurt, we could do wrong, in your sight, and do things we should not. But how grateful I am that you will take care of it. We do reap what we sow, so we need to be so careful not to reap curses into our own lives, by having this mindset to take revenge. Lord, thank you for showing me love. Thank you for forgiving me, as I forgive others as well. In Jesus name. Amen
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