“Vengeance, retaliation, retribution, revenge are deceitful brothers; vile, beguiling demons promising justifiable compensation to a pained soul for his losses. Yet in truth they craftily fester away all else of worth remaining.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich
Frequently…When we find ourselves in the position of being wronged our sense of justice is the first thing to rear its ugly head. I’m not talking about the times when the bagger at the grocery store tosses the watermelon on top of the delicate, fresh herbs you painstakingly selected. I’m talking about when a friend, colleague, relative, etc. deliberately executes a devious plan of destruction against you.
I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I have paddled down the river of vengeance leaving Jesus on the river bank with His hands tied and the Holy Spirit gagged.
All the while forgetting Paul’s instructions…
Romans 12:19(AMP) Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
I should have been on my knees praying…
Psalms 94:1(AMP) O Lord God, You to Whom vengeance belongs, O God, You to Whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
The onset of the sweet aroma of vengeance is intoxicating. It’s like a siren calling to a weary soul. In the beginning, it justifies itself through our sense of right and justice and feeds on pain, fear, confusion and anger. The longer we entertain the idea, the bigger it grows and if we allow it to develop, it will cloud our minds and darken our hearts.
We are not exempt from the temptation to seek vengeance, however, as Believers we do well to remember…
If God has a plan, then nothing can alter it. If He’s leading us in a particular direction, then nothing the enemy throws in our path can change the direction. We need to keep ourselves spiritually fit and be wise enough to leap over the evil obstacles trying to hinder our progress. When we reach a place where we are weary of being used as a puppet by the enemy, repent, and put our armor back on, God will be faithful.
Jesus gave us clear instruction…
Matthew 5:44-45(ESV) But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
It isn’t easy but it IS what we are commanded to do.
Paul followed it up with…
Romans 12:14(MSG) Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.
Romans 12:20(AMP) But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.
Sweet…What better vengeance than to “heap (Gods) burning coals upon his head”!
May we find ourselves spending time on our knees at the throne of Grace and serving at the banquet table of our foes instead of on our feet standing firm under the control of the evil one.
Remember…Vengeance will “craftily fester away all else of worth remaining”.