I hope you’ll take the time to read this short and powerful post. These words should echo with us throughout our days. We really can’t control when someone wrongs us or when we know they are sinning against God’s Word. As Butch so clearly writes ‘ If we are to believe one scripture, we must believe them all. It is our Father’s way.’ Blessings to all my bloggy friends you are often in my prayers (even though I don’t know you personally).
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Romans 12:19 NKJV
Vengeance is a strong word and it is a word that God does not want us to practice. There-in is the rub. Oh, how we want to get even or make things right in this life. It only seems fair and just to pay back a wrong to us. It’s only fair…It’s only fair…It’s only….
Time echoes with the plea of justice. We want justice. We want to pay back for the wrong done to us…to others. We want satisfaction for our situation.
Instead of God’s blessing, He tells us to leave it be. He will take care of it. He reminds us to love one another…to love our enemies…
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who…
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It is very True Marie, we are to Love our enemies and forgive them, so even if they still claim we are their enemy we don’t view them as one, instead we pray for them and do good to them, even making the opportunity to do so. But we are to rebuke those in the Church who hurt us, as you can see in the Scripture below or they will go on doing it without a conscience of the wrong that they are doing and so Satan will get a foothold.
Luke 17:3-5 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother/sister trespass against thee, rebuke him/her; and if he repent, forgive him/her. And if he/she trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him/her. And the Apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
If our enemies don’t repent we still forgive them, not to hurts us but they can’t receive our forgiveness until they do repent and this is the same with God, He chose to forgive us by sending Jesus to Redeem us and set us free from the slavery of sin (see below) but if there is no True heart repentance we can’t receive it. How do we know if there has been heart repentance, we will show there has been.
John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto Holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 8:31-33 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.