No Revenge

“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.”
Romans 12:19 (NLT)

Revenge. What a toxic emotion. What a deceptive motive. It is so easy to slip into this deadly trap. It starts with a wound. Perhaps a deep hurt, humiliation or betrayal. We start to think, “Life isn’t fair!” or “This is too much!” Soon our wound festers and anger becomes an obsession. However, what makes revenge so deceptive is that we don’t have to murder someone to get revenge. Instead, we feel justified in slandering the person, shunning them, campaigning against something they are doing. There are a million ways of getting revenge that we feel we can justify. We say, “This is not revenge.” Instead we think that we are simply settling the score, giving them what they obviously  deserve, or straightening them out. We must be careful, because if the emotion is out of anger, it is revenge. And, it is so hard not to go there. What then can we do? Paul shares the only thing we can do. Let go. Give it to God. Let Him take over your case. The author of Hebrews was serious when he wrote, “Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  Today, follow that advice. Let God search your heart and then pull out any bitter root that has taken ground in your emotions. Don’t let a wound fester into something worst. 

Father, search my heart. Show me any toxic bitterness I may have. Show me any attitude or behavior of revenge. Forgive me and help me change my attitude. In Jesus’ name.

I give my bitterness to God
Visualize your skin on fire. A large blister of bitterness has infected your arm and you are in pain. Delirious from a fever the infection grows and your life is in danger. Having had enough you come to Jesus. He sees your wounded heart and puts the balm of His own love on the bitterness that is festering. His loves begins to heal and soon you are better. You joyfully affirm, “I give my bitterness to God.”


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