Romans twelve, nineteen

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Here’s another verse that Americans won’t like. What happens when we are hurt? We sue. We get what’s coming to us, we get what we deserve. Never let us forget that mercy means we don’t get what’s coming to us, we don’t get what we deserve. We’re supposed to love our enemies, but usually, we sue them. We want revenge.

Wow, this verse says we’re never supposed to take revenge. Never… meaning, not at all ever!

Someone once asked a famous Christian musician why he decided to live among the Native Americans with all of their religious beliefs that are so opposed to Christianity. He said good point, but how much of the way that American Christians live is opposed to Christianity. He thought probably more. I’m inclined to agree.

Father, only by Your Spirit can we hope to be the kind of people who love our enemies, who pray for those who mean us harm instead of suing them and getting revenge. Send Your Holy Spirit on us so that we become the people who really and truly follow you.


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