Vengeance Belongs To the Lord
All of us at one of point of our lives have either sought revenge or contemplated it. We decided we were going to take matters in our hands and repay the person that hurt us...lied to us…betrayed us…stole from us…cheated on us…mistreated us. We came up with a plot and an idea to get them back!
But as Christians we know revenge is not ours to seek. The Word tells us in Romans 12:19, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” It is the Lord’s job to seek vengeance on our behalves.
Not I know that it is easier said than done because in the moment of anger, pain, sadness, and hurt revenge seems like the clear cut solution. But King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 24:29, “Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.”
In spite of what our flesh might be telling us to do, the Word tells us do not take matters in our hands. That is a clear command. So don’t repay evil for evil because in the end you will only make the situation worse. And you will also have to pay for the consequences of your own evil actions.
So what does the Word tells us to do? Romans 12:17, says, “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” We know not repay evil for evil. But let’s break down “to do what is honorable for in the sight of all”. I know many of you are thinking what does that mean.
The honorable thing to do, and what God want us to do, is to turn the other cheek. Jesus says in Matthew 5:38-39, “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
Now if someone literally slaps you on the cheek, I know the Word tells us to turn the other cheek but I don’t think most of us will do that! Lord forgives us! But the phrase turn the other check is used loosely in that scripture and it simply means to over look the offense.
Not only does Jesus want us to overlook the offense, he wants us to forgive them. He also wants us to bless and pray for them. Romans 12:20 says, "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." I know it’s hard to bless someone who has cursed you or be nice to someone has who mistreated or hurt you, but by not seeking revenge you allow your enemies own shame and guilt to eat them up.
And trust me, God will deal with them accordingly. The world calls it karma but Galatians 6:7 and says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” God will deal with your enemies in his appointed time of judgment he has set for them. Don’t worry he will take care of it. God tells us in Deuteronomy 32:35, "I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them."
Today I encourage you not to seek revenge. If you have sought revenge you need to repent. And though many of us may have not carried out the act, we have thought about it, dreamed about it, so we are just as guilty as if we did. So repent, forgive, and pray for the people who you want to seek revenge on. Remember vengeance belongs to Lord. It is his to repay!
Today’s Scripture: "Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the LORD to handle the matter." Proverbs 20:22