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Proverbs of a 38 yr old man

Desire for Revenge. The desire to pay back the one who has harmed you is instinctive for most people. Especially when we have arguments and disagreements that produce strained feelings that begin to make us feel as the injured party. We think we have been wronged and begin to look for ways to make the other person pay for their insensitivity. This is a danger sign, and when you feel this happening to you, back off! In some societies people have resorted to duels or murder to avenge themselves against wrongs. In other settings, the duel takes place in a courtroom, where a person gives a false testimony to get back at someone who has lied about them. The principle remains the same, whether it shows itself as a physical assault or a legal assault. As a Christian we do not have the option of doing evil just because someone has done evil to us. God in Christ forbids us from taking matters into our own hands. Rather than avenge a wrong, we can choose to wait for the LORD to take care of it. What does this look like though? Well, God promises that He will deliver us, so we do not have to take that responsibility upon ourselves. Vengeance is God's prerogative. Hear the LORD say this: I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their doom will overtake them. We must trust him to do what is right about our enemy. For the LORD has a day of vengeance, and a time of retribution. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Study Lev. 19:18



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