- “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Vengeance is seeking to harm someone in return for a perceived offence or injury. God forbids us to avenge ourselves – Lev. 19: 18. How do you respond when someone wrongs you or tries to discredit you? Do you rehearse old offences and feel hurt again? It is our prayers that the Lord will teach us how to close the door on past hurts in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
CAUSES OF VENGEANCE
One of the causes of vengeance is failure to forgive. People try to take vengeance on past sins not forgiven. The Lord teaches us to forgive – Matt. 18: 21-22; Matthew 6: 14-15. Jesus Christ commands us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us – Matt. 5:44.
People go into vengeance when they try to avenge a perceived wrong – 2 Sam. 10:1-5.
• Your refusal to avenge makes you better than others – Acts 7: 59-60.
• Your good can change others – Rom. 12: 21.
As true children of God we should be Christ-like. Jesus never sought revenge even when He was being nailed to the cross. He offered forgiveness. Leave vengeance to God and allow Him to be the only Judge.
1. What is vengeance?
2. What are the causes of vengeance?
3. What are solutions to hurts?
- God’s vengeance can be terrible. Leave vengeance to Him.
– Do not toy with sin because of God’s vengeance on sinners.
- God will avenge you of your enemies.
- The wrath of God will come on disobedience.
- God does not allow anyone to cast insults on His prophet.
- It is God’s wisdom to leave vengeance to Him.
- Settling issues in court amongst brethren is not of God.