Thursday, January 3, 2008

Revenge is Bad, Really?

Romans 12:17-21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing thins, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do no be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


How about the above is so much easier to read over than to actually put into practice. Personally, I am pretty decent at letting things go. I do not hold grudges for years or even days. Once I forgive, I do work earnestly to move beyond the situation (too bad, I am not very successful at the forgetting part). It may take a while but eventually, with God's help, I move on.

However, there are times when I feel like a good dose of payback is just what the good doctor ordered. At peace with everyone? Who does that? I cannot remember the last time I actually took revenge out on someone but I know I have plotted. Then that Jesus Walk thing pops into my head and I know to leave it for God. Right. He will take care of things. Personally, I would like to see him deal with it right away, on my time table. It is not easy to let it go and know that God will handle it. On top of that, He wants us to kill them with kindness. Is not asking a lot?

Of course it is. The bottom line is that we must try. It is not some silly notion because it actually benefits our spirit. Instead of being filled with anger or evil plotting, we can be filled with peace. We can let it go and focus our energies on more productive areas of our lives. It does make sense. Lastly, faithful to God in not only our thoughts but also our deeds will sow powerful seeds. God will protect us and take care of us for staying faithful to his word. It is hard to keep all that in perspective sometimes. From experience, I would rather banish the hurt and anger, leaving it with God, and envelope myself in peace, God's peace.

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