Don’t Seek Revenge When Offended

Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

A soft answer turns away wrath, and do not testify against your neighbor without just cause, or use your lips to deceive doing one as he did you saying you will pay him back for what he did.

Though the natural impulse is an eye for an eye, but God’s way is not to repay anyone evil for evil. But be careful to do that which is right in the eyes of everyone, and if possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. And do not take revenge: for vengeance is mine says the Lord

In further words, we are told if our enemy hungers, to feed him; if thirsty, to give him something to drink: because in our doing this, we heap burning coals on his head.

Proverbs 25: 21 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”

In the heart of each believer are two natures: one strives for justice toward one who offends or mistreats him; the other one is long suffering and accepts mistreatment and offense in the way Jesus taught. For when insults were hurled at Him, Jesus did not retaliate, and when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead He entrusted Himself to God who judges justly.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, give each person who reads these words ability to follow the teachings of Jesus when offended or mistreated. Amen.

Doris Lisemby

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