Revenge Brings Alienation and Hurt

Throughout the ages there has been conflict between individuals and families. In the first Biblical family one brother killed his brother because of jealousy and perhaps resentment. There was conflict between Sarah and Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, Saul and David, and the list could continue.

During the earthly ministry of Jesus, there was conflict between groups and individuals including His twelve disciples: one example is their arguing about who would be greatest in God’s Kingdom.

Conflicts continue during our time and usually they begin over some trivial matter and last a lifetime causing all involved alienation and grief.

Suppose we use this example: Mr. Smith and Mr.White have a disagreement concerning the border line between their property. Finally after the decision of a surveyor is made in favor of Mr. White, Mr. Smith still does not agree with the decision and there is friction. They are neighbors for their property joins with only a fence between; their children have been friends and attend the same school, but no longer are they allowed to play together or even speak to each other. The two families attend the same country church but sit on opposite sides of the worship center and won’t speak when passing in the aisle.

This is an imaginary example but true of many feuds. Though Mr. Smith does not agree with the surveyor’s decision, he should accept his professional ability and not take his revenge out on his  neighbor and cause his family to suffer because of his feelings. If wrong has been committed, he needs to remember the outcome in Romans 12: 19: “Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay said the Lord.”

Father, no one knows how it hurts to be wronged more than Jesus; yet He bore all our sins and suffered on the cross to bear the sins of others. We pray and thank You in His Name. Amen.

Doris Lisemby