1 Samuel 24:12 Allow God To Get Vengeance

May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. 1 Samuel 24:12

Desiring to get vengeance is one thing that many people think about against those who have harmed them. While most do not seek to physically kill a person, most want to cause some social or emotionally harm to others that have caused pain or suffering. This can be done directly or indirectly.

They want to get vengeance for what was done wrong to them.

David had a chance to kill Saul but did not. He said he asks God to get vengeance for the wrongs Saul had done, but he would not touch Saul at all.

The world is quick to seek a violent vengeance against all who do wrong. Whatever harm was done will be done hundredfold back. It is seen as a perfect right of a person to do so.

Although not as violently, believers will often get caught up in the same mentality in seeking vengeance. Their vengeance is often more subtle, but just as harmful. This can occur inside and outside of the church walls.

Instead of seeking vengeance, believers are to forgive and allow God to bring about His vengeance in His way and in His timing.

No matter how harmful a person can be in his vengeance, the vengeance of God can be greater and reach deeper into the heart and life of a person. Prior to seeking vengeance, God seeks reconciliation and forgiveness. He wants to bring about change and give life, not death.

This can only occur with forgiveness, grace and mercy. In the same way God shows forgiveness, grace and mercy to the believer, the believer must show it to those who cause harm and allow God to seek any needed vengeance.

Very likely you have had someone do something harmful to you at some point in your life. This may be occurring right now. Instead of seeking vengeance offer forgiveness, grace and mercy. Let God seek how to avenge you on the other person.

Do not lift your hand against the other person to destroy him but lift the person up before God. Allow God to deal with that person in His way and in His time. Acting in this way is doing the same thing Jesus did as He went to the cross.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God to avenge any wrongs done to you; that you will know and understand God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy towards your enemies; and that God will strengthen you to do what is right in His eyes.

Luke 17:4 Keep On Forgiving

Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Luke 17:4

The majority of the world wants to cast judgement and bring on punishment when someone does something wrong. In fact, most people want to have vengeance against those who do them wrong.

People desire forgiveness when they do something wrong to someone else, but do not want to extend that forgiveness to others. This becomes especially true when the wrong being done is done over and over, again and again.

Jesus told the people to forgive a person each and every time that person comes and repents.

It is a guarantee that every person will be hurt by someone else at some point. Believers will even be hurt by other believers, sometimes intentionally, or unintentionally.

When this occurs, many will be like the world and not want to forgive. They quickly forget how often God has forgiven them of the same sin being done over and over, again and again.

God never not forgives a person when he comes with a true heart in repentance before Him. It is always His desire to forgive and restore each and every person as quickly as possible. As soon as a believer realizes and remembers how much God has forgiven him, it becomes easier to forgive another person.

Being unforgiving, condemns the person and does not give him a chance. It places the person wronged in the judgement place of God, which he does not belong.

Forgiving another person of a wrong done shows God’s true love. It points the person to what Jesus did and gives the person another chance to do what is right.

When forgiveness occurs, it restores a relationship and draws people closer to God.

You have most likely had some people do some things wrong to you. Some of those have probably never come back to seek forgiveness from you, while others have repented.

When they come to you repenting, you have a choice as to respond. You can choose to not forgive, or you can choose to forgive. Do not hold a grudge against them, but be willing to forgive as God has forgiven you. Work to restore your relationship and be more like Jesus.

Never stop forgiving others, just as God is not in the character of not forgiving you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how much God has forgiven you; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will forgive others as God has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13 A Life Of Forgiveness

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

People everywhere continually makes mistakes in how they deal with other people. There is always a person who will do or say the wrong thing to another person.

The world likes to look at situations where they have been done wrong and find away to punish that person or to get vengeance on that person. Many will just cut the person off and end the friendship or relationship. Others will try to cut the person down around others or get the person in trouble. A few will physically try to harm the person for the wrong done.

Paul is showing a different way, the way Jesus did it. That is you should forgive the person.

This verse starts out stating that you must bear with that person. The person who did something wrong may be a believer or not a believer, but either way he is either a child of God who knows it, or is a lost child of God. God has made that person and wants that person to know and be like Jesus.

If the person is a believer, the area she hurt you in may be the area she is struggling with and God is working on fixing. You must have patience as God works in her life.

While you are having that patience, you must be willing to forgive. This forgiveness is also the forgiveness that Jesus gave you. When you repented of your sins, Jesus cast them out as though they were never there. God no longer remembers the wrong you had done.

When you forgive someone, then forgive them from the heart. Don’t bring up the past. Don’t remind them of the wrongs done. Show the love and mercy of God to that person. You are supposed to be like Jesus, kind, gentle, humble, patient, loving, and forgiving.

Are you holding a grudge against someone? Do you still remember a past hurt that someone did to you years ago? Let it go and forgive them. Let God heal you. Let God take care of the wrongs done. Live a life of forgiveness as Jesus did.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to forgive those who have hurt you; that God will fill you with His love and mercy for others; that you will have the patience of Jesus; and that God will use you to draw many to Jesus.

1 Corinthians 6:7 Accept Being Cheated

“The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” 1 Corinthians 5:7

The church in Corinth had people who were doing wrong to others. Some of those people be wronged were taking the others to court to bring a lawsuit against them. Paul says that because of this they are already defeated, they have lost.

At least in America, if not the world, lawsuits have become a common practice everywhere. A person can sue someone for pretty much anything. It started in the 1990’s with the lady winning a lawsuit against McDonalds when she spilled hot coffee on her lap and burned herself. Somehow McDonalds was to blame.

Now people bring lawsuits when a person offends them in any way. Courts are filled with cases of people trying to get at the other person. Sometimes it is not against a person, but a business, or the government.

Paul says that the believers are defeated when they have lawsuits done. Think about Jesus. He was wronged in many ways. Yet He did not go to the courts, or to God-His Father, to sue the people or God. He accepted the wrong done to Him. He knew that the Father had something greater in the plan through those wrongs.

Every person has been wronged or cheated by someone. Even in the church this will happen. You must strive your best to never be the one who did the wrong or cheating. When someone does you wrong or cheats you, you must still love them and forgive them. Most won’t do the lawsuit, but will go to others to denounce the person and get them into trouble.

Do not go after the person with a revenge. Remember that vengeance is God’s choice. You are to love, serve, and build others up. Going after them with a lawsuit is getting revenge. Allow God to work in their hearts and your heart. Allow the wrong or cheating to occur and see what God can do in and through it for you and the other person.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you and others; that you will allow God to change other people’s hearts; that God will give you strength to allow the wrongs of others in your life; and that God will build His kingdom through you.