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NEVER TAKE REVENGE

When we seek to follow the Lord, we take on the attributes of Christ.  Jesus the Master Teacher was radical: He went against the system. His value system was the complete opposite of what society dictated.  He offered a new paradigm for loving. His views were the opposite of the law, which was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  He instructed His followers never to take revenge.  We see this in Romans 12:14 where we find these words:

“Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.”

Here the Master speaks about never repaying evil for evil, and judging or holding vengeance in your heart. He makes it clear that to judge belongs to God.  If we resort to getting even, we act as little gods.  Reverence and humility should also be followed with a heart that is free from wrath.  We need not worry about trying to get even, because at one point the Lord makes it clear we are to make our enemies our footstool.  We waste valuable time seeking to get even when others hurt us.  The time could be spent much more productively by drawing close to God.  Never allow the enemy to turn you into an enemy.  Never allow hate to turn you into one who hates.  In God’s own time, He will right the wrong.  Just make sure you are not wrong, but that you are right in the sight of God and others.

Romans 12:14 (NLT)