Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Don't get mad

The world says, “Don’t get mad, get even.” God says, “Leave it with me—I’ll handle this.”

Romans 12:17-21 says, "17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 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.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

But when our desire for revenge rears up within us, it’s tough not to take matters into our own hands. When we have been wrongly accused we often want to react. I try hard not to but there are times where I just do and almost always it is the wrong thing to do. Instead the Lord wants us to be patient and show kindness even in hard times. Lord help me to not react to things but to only react to you.

"Take the injustices of life that outrage and crush your spirit, do what you can, and give them over to God. Vengeance is God’s job and he will take care of it all in a way that defies explanation and staggers the mind." —James MacDonald

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