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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1 Peter 3:9 Repay Evil With Blessing

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

Every person has had someone do something wrong to him or insult him at some point in his life. In fact, most people could probably think of a person who has done some wrong to them within the last week. This does not mean a major catastrophic wrong, but still a wrong.

When someone does something wrong to you or insults you, what is the first thing you want to do? Most people will answer that they want to strike back somehow and make that person pay for doing wrong. Read the news and you will see everyday someone killing someone out of hatred because of some wrong that was done. People take one another to court every day to make them pay for the wrongs done.

The world tells you that it is your right to strike back. It is expected that when someone insults you that you will return another greater insult. Many story lines in movies are based on a person getting some type of vengeance on another person.

Peter tells you, in this passage, that you must not do evil or insult to one who has done evil or insult to you. On the contrary, you are to give that person a blessing. Most of you will immediately ask: how can I bless someone who is doing evil to me? Think about when Jesus was on the cross. As He was hanging there dying, He prayed God’s blessing of forgiveness upon all the people who had just hung Him there. He had God’s love for the people in His heart and mind. Jesus had you in mind when He hung on that cross. He hung there to bless you.

You need to have God’s love for everyone in your heart and mind also. With the love of God in you, you will be able to pour out blessings on those who have done wrong to you or insulted you. This is not an easy thing to do because it goes against your sinful nature. Remember that you are now a new creation in Jesus and He has given you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you. Lean on His Spirit to help you give blessings and love those who hurt you.

Today ask God to help you love those who are hurting you. Ask God to give you words of blessings for everyone you come in contact with. As you bless those who harm you, you will inherit a blessing from God.

I pray that today God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will fill your mouth with blessings; that you will not try to strike back at anyone who has harmed you in any way; and that God will fill your life with many blessings.

Hebrews 1:13 The Winner

“To which  of the angels did God ever say, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Hebrews 1:13

The author is talking about the superiority of Jesus over the angels. Never had God told an angel that He would make the enemies his footstool some day. Yet that is what God said to Jesus. Jesus came to the earth as a baby with the sole purpose of going to the cross to die. It was because of enemies and sin that Jesus had to go to the cross. Once He died on the cross and paid for the sins of the world He was raised from the dead. God said at that time that because of what Jesus had done there would come a day when all His enemies would become His footstool. In other words, Jesus would win in the end.

What does that mean to you today? Every day you may have trials and troubles. There will be people who will hate you and mistreat you. There will be people who use and abuse you. Jesus said you are to turn the other cheek. God said that vengeance will be His, not yours. When you believe in Jesus for your salvation you also become an heir with Him in all that He has and will get. In Jesus you will win the war with sin. In the end you will inherit all of heaven and earth with Jesus. All your enemies will be put down underneath your feet with Jesus at your side.

When will this happen? No one knows the exact day or hour. It will be when Jesus returns to take everyone to be with Him for all eternity in heaven. This tells you that you have a hope of winning the battle some day. It reveals to you that God will have His day of vengeance for all the wrong done to you. All you need to do is stand strong and follow Him in this battle.

I pray that today God will strengthen you in your walk with Him; that you will know the power He has over the enemy; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus in winning the battle; that God will strengthen you to not fall to the enemies tactics.