Vengeance is God’s Job, Not Yours
January 22, 2019
“‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Ro 12:19 NKJV
Vengeance is God’s job, not yours. He will repay—whether on the Day of Judgment or in this life. He can discipline your abusive boss, soften your angry parent, bring your ex to his knees or her senses. Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it entrusts it to God. He guarantees the right amount of retribution. We give too much or too little, but He has the precise prescription. And unlike us, He never gives up on a person. (And you should be glad about that). Long after we have moved on, God is still there probing the conscience, stirring conviction, orchestrating redemption. Fix your enemies? That’s God’s job. Forgive your enemies? Ah, that’s where you come in. “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to…God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the Lord. Instead…‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.’ Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good” (vv. 17-21 NLT). Author Max Lucado says: “Revenge builds a lonely, narrow house. Space enough for one person. The lives of its tenants are reduced to one goal: Make someone miserable. They do—themselves. No wonder God insists we ‘Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent’ (Heb 12:15 MSG).”
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account_circle Margareth Larose
Thank you, Pastor Jentezen for reminding us that it is not our battle. No need for revenge. The battle is God's. May God lift all our burdens. May He continue to forgive us for sins known and unrecognized. May He help us to forgive others as we have been forgiven by grace. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
account_circle Ralph and Teresa Mabry
account_circle Louie R. Baui-Oca
Amen! I surrender to You, Lord any unforgiveness or bitterness. Thank You for reminding usthat we were also once (or so many times) was in the position needing forgiveness and You never gave up on us. Teach us to love as You have loved us. Freely I have received Your forgiveness by grace through Christ, freely I shall give, Amen! 🙏
account_circle James Johnson
Praying that my burdens will be lifted.