Monday, March 28, 2016

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Does God Avenge?

 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice ... -Proverbs 24:17

Years, ago our children visited another church in search of new teen age friends.  Our daughter was 17 and a boy about a year younger than her was attracted to her and they became an item. 
His mother was very upset because our daughter was “older” than him and in an effort to break them up, she sent the boy away to Bible School in another State.  Our daughter wept tears of bitterness and was saddened to hear that he had married a girl he met there.

Within a year he and the girl were divorced (for some reason,) and my thoughts were perhaps the mother was not wise in manipulating her son’s future.

A similar thing happened when we moved to another city.  The boy was Greek, and although his parents loved our daughter, they wanted him to marry a Greek girl, which he did.  They had two children and he joined the family business which involved travel.  There he met a blond woman and you can guess the rest of the story.

In life there are many unjust and unfair treatments that we and others receive.   

If you believe you have been mistreated and done wrong by someone, perhaps cheated, or stolen from or even abused; God forbid - - take heart for God is the avenger and he will repay. 

It is best to “Let it go,” by Forgiving the one who harmed you, and then set your mind at ease and lay aside all matters of vengeance or reprisal.  

Allow God to settle the scores, and you can live in peace with a good conscience.

Matthew 6:15,20-21  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Saleslady371 said...

It is best to forgive and let God settle the score as you say. Just today He did that for a hurt in one of my kids that happened a year ago and He brought healing in a beautiful way. I stepped back, looked at that restoration and exclaimed "That's God!"

Hazel Moon said...

It surely is wonderful when we see God work it all out. Our daughters both married awesome men, so their wait was worth it.

Sharon said...

Sage advice, Hazel. It is easy in our flesh to seek revenge. And even if we don't act out these feelings, they can do a lot of damage in our souls, for they give the devil a mighty foothold.

God knows about it all, and is the wisest person to handle it all.

Letting go isn't easy, but it's the surest way to keeping our spiritual feet on the right path!


Joanne Viola said...

Wise advice, as always, Hazel. Just this morning I was reading 1 Thessalonians 5:15, "See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people." I was so struck with this verse especially in light of Easter & our Lord, who took it all upon Himself with no retaliation or response. May we study His example and grow to become more like Him.

Floyd Samons said...

Excellent story and lesson, Hazel. I can't even count the times I've been disappointed in my life, for my family and myself, only to find out later that God had something better than I could ever have imagined.

Thanks for the reminder.