As Christians we are called to forgive, but God says vengeance is mine.
AND BE YE KIND ONE TO ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, EVEN AS GOD FOR CHRIST’S SAKE HATH FORGIVEN YOU. EPHESIANS 4:32 KJV
Some folks don’t understand that. Or there would be more apologies in the world. More remorse. More accountability. More sweet humbleness, and yes repentance to God first.
See, God is not mocked, we do reap what we sow, in whatever way, that is. Its a principle. Like what goes up must come down.
I was thinking of that last night. As I tried to fall asleep. Someone was very, very rude to me, and I thought, here I go again…..
FOR THOU HAST BEEN A SHELTER FOR ME, AND A STRONG TOWER FROM THE ENEMY. PSALMS 61:3 KJV.
But I knew, I had to release it in forgiveness, even to sleep well. The Lord, spoke that to my heart. He said;
“Just forgive. Its been tough, I know. You are a warrior, you are in battle sometimes, you do need reinforcement, you don’t have it by many, but I am here. Vengeance is mine. Get some sleep.“
When I woke up this morning, I was reminded, of the words He spoke; “You forgive, but vengeance is mine.”
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 12:19 KJV
It made me think of my lifetime, there have been battles. There have been people in my life, that I trusted, and they let me down. It would have been so nice, if they really were my friends, if they understood, my gifts are not theirs, and my battles are not theirs either. But to be accepted, even by prayer, or in support of my writings, it would have meant so much to me. So very much….But instead they turned on me, in one way or another.
And as I think of friends, as a warning to whoever, be careful of people. Some of these folks only loved me, when I was popular in ministry. And I had a high position as a Prayer Coordinator, at a local Christian television station. But when the devil came in, and I was booted out, my popularity, went out the window. See the proof would have been at least in the supporting of my ministry. And I am not talking about money. I am talking about moral support. Prayer. But if you cannot even get your friends to share your posts, and writings about God to one another. On Social media. It’s a lost cause.
But I always wondered, if we looked at God the same way. In the sense, to be a light that shined for Christ. To give God glory. To actually make a difference, by sharing truth. Most of my writings, come from the foundation of King James scriptures, so I know they were truth. But I guess, my friends, did not see that vision, to give God glory. By helping my ministry. And that made me sad, because just a couple of friends supporting, and sharing my writings. would have made “Just My Thoughts” more so to the glory of God.
They did not give that to me, nor to God…..
And that grieves me, now that the dust has settled. Because I never really asked my friends to support my writings. I just wanted their friendship. Their loyalty. Grace. But if they saw the gift in me, they would have supported it.
After all now, and then they did say, “Gee that ministered to me.” But…Instead I got challenged, by the Judas touch. My Christian walk was questioned, in the heat of the moment, and even brought up to me, by someone, who I really valued, in Christ. It does say a lot about what people REALLY think, when they get mad. They use it against you.
So yes, beware of friends…. And even here I say, I do forgive. I pray, they don’t see the vengeance of God. For their betrayal to me. But it is what it is. His will, be done.
FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND; BUT THE KISSES OF AN ENEMY ARE DECEITFUL. PROVERBS 27:6 KJV.
Remember the kiss of Judas? How deceitful that was. Because he could have made it right with Jesus. He could have gone to the cross, but instead he took his own life. And just as a metaphor, isn’t that what any of us do, if we don’t repent, and make things right with God, and others? We take our lives into our own hands, without God.
I am not a pay back person. I don’t like that, especially because I do understand, that vengeance is the Lords.
I have seen Him, take vengeance on those who hurt me, or was a false witness, or an accuser. I have seen it.
It gives me no pleasure, to see those who have hurt me, reap the vengeance of the Lord.
REJOICE NOT WHEN THINE ENEMY FALLETH, AND LET NOT THINE HEART BE GLAD WHEN HE STUMBLETH. PROVERBS 24:17 KJV
But I know, He does protect me in these matters. As His servant.
But when you put forgiveness together with knowing that, vengeance is HIS, it can be an eye opener. To fear God. People do not fear God, by their actions. I do. To know there are consequences to our actions. If not now, definitely when we stand before God. Thats why pride is so ugly. It is so puffed up. It blinds folks. So they cannot see.
It actually is very sad to see. But oh well, sometimes, well, you learn from it, and you grow. Or you should, and it just makes you seek God more. I do anyway. I have learned from it.
KJV scripture says, whom God loves, He corrects. Life has a way, I know, I have seen in my own life, that you do reap what you sow. I never want to sow vengeance, revenge, though on anybody. Thats why I do try and forgive. Because I know that I do have a harsh streak sometimes, but I bring it always to the obedience of the Lord.
THINE OWN WICKEDNESS SHALL CORRECT THEE, AND THY BACKSLIDINGS SHALL REPROVE THEE: KNOW THEREFORE AND SEE THAT IT IS AN EVIL THING AND BITTER, THAT THOU HAST FORSAKEN THE LORD THY GOD, AND THAT MY FEAR IS NOT IN THEE, SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS. JEREMIAH 2:19 KJV.
There is a famous person lately, on the news, who was confronted by someone who called him a name. And instead of walking away, he brought up race, he brought out obscenities, and actually threatened the person. And I thought, because he is in the public eye, he should have walked away. They said he felt challenged because his family was there. But I thought, if you love your family, you do not put them in a threatening position, where they could get hurt as well. He looked like the bad guy, even though, the guy provoked him by calling him a name.
But this person, is not a Christian, this person, does not know what Christ taught us, about loving one another, or forgiving, or not being an accuser…
And you know because I am a warrior, I deal with this, I see it often but there are times, I should just walk away. Sometimes, I should not say anything. But because I am a truth seeker, and because I am bold, well, I do engage. Sometimes. I do pick and choose my battles, But, I truly need Gods discernment in these matters.
Because there are enemies of the cross. There are enemies of our nation. And they are not kind. People really take things to a different level now. And it amazes me, how grace is not extended. Or how people, do not even give someone the benefit of the doubt any more. These conversations, and accusations, lately about race, are very concerning to me. As I observe.
BY THIS I KNOW THAT THOU FAVOUREST ME, BECAUSE MINE ENEMY DOTH NOT TRIUMPH OVER ME. PSALMS 41:11 KJV.
But to be honest, I don’t know especially, now that I am getting older, if I should pursue some things. I guess, it is a time of reflection in my life, for many reasons, and so I need to pray. There are things, and people, who have done things to me, but I need to completely let go of in my heart. I am closer in that…..Its a process.
I do forgive, but I know, vengeance belongs to God.
Keeps me in check. How about you?
HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, YE THAT TREMBLE AT HIS WORD: YOUR BRETHREN THAT HATED YOU, THAT CAST YOU OUT FOR MY NAME SAKE, SAID, LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED: BUT HE SHALL SPEAK TO YOUR JOY, AND THEY SHALL BE ASHAMED. ISAIAH 66:5 KJV