Luke 9:54-55 No Vengeance

“When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them? But Jesus turned and rebuked them.” Luke 9:54-55

Jesus and the disciples were heading to Jerusalem. At one point they were to pass through a Samaritan village. The people there did not want anything to do with Jesus.

The first thing James and John do was get ready to call down fire from heaven to destroy those people. They saw no reason why the people should not welcome Jesus. Jesus, however, rebukes the disciples for suggesting the idea to call down fire upon the people and then they move on to a different village.

Very often when Jesus or Christianity is mocked or hated by people of the world, the first thing believers want to do is have God destroy them. People of the world will make a rule that goes against God, and believers start praying for their destruction.

Jesus knew the people would be against Him, yet He prayed for them, not against them. God wants to save everyone in the world. If every time a person spoke against God, He was to destroy them, no one would be saved. You would not be saved today, if God were to destroy you for each time you did not welcome Him.

Men like to have judgment right away. They like to have revenge for being wronged.

God will have a day of judgment also, but until then, He has a lot of grace and wants to save people.

Do not seek to get revenge or vengeance on people who speak or act against God. Pray for them. Seek to draw their hearts to God through love and care.

You can also go a different direction as Jesus did. Let the next believer be the witness that they may need.

I pray today that God will give you His favor with the people; that God will fill your heart with His love for the lost in the world; that you will not seek vengeance against those who are against God; and that God will draw others to Him through your witness.

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