If Not Revenge, then What?
So if revenge isn’t the right thing to do when we’ve been wronged, what can we do? Yes, we can and should forgive. If there’s not an opportunity to forgive face-to-face or by voice, then in our hearts and before our Father. But He takes it further than forgiving.
We’re actually encouraged, advised, and commanded to be loving towards an enemy. Not loving of what they do or did, but loving towards them. We’re told to pray for the people who persecute us. Kindness itself could very well be the best way to avenge (for the purpose of healing) rather than revenge (for the purpose of hurting).
And yes, you and I can pray for God’s justice. Be ready and willing, though: because His justice could very well include your own correction and humility. In my experience, there’s always something for me to learn, correct, or change, too.
This is good news. If I’m out of alignment, I ultimately want and need to know that. If I’m in the wrong, I ultimately want to get right with Him again. Yes, pray for justice, just realize you’re probably just as in need of grace or forgiveness, healing or repentance, too.
Get in touch to let me know what you think, but I believe one reason our Good Father cautions us against revenge is because we reap what we sow. And what’s sown as a single seed grows as a harvest of multiple fruits. So what you think is harmless actually grows into a harvest. He’s willing to take the burden because He knows it could bury you, or at the very least, clog an artery of peace and blessing.
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