Romans 12:19-21 - Vengeance Belongs To God.

Romans 12:19-21: Vengeance Belongs To God.

Rom 12:19-21 (NIV) Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave 
room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I 
will repay," says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: "If your enemy is 
hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In 
doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." 21 Do not be 
overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 


   Grudge is one of those words that defines itself. Its very 
sound betrays its meaning. 
   Say it slowly: Grr-uuuud-ge.
   It starts with a growl. Grr  Like a bear with bad 
breath coming out of hibernation or a mangy mongrel defending his bone 
in an alley. Grrr  
   Remove a GR from the word grudge and replace it with SL and 
you have the junk that grudge bearers trudge through. Sludge. Black, 
thick, ankle-deep resentment that steals the bounce from the step. No 
joyful skips through the meadows. No healthy hikes up the mountain. 
Just day after day of walking into the storm, shoulders bent against 
the wind, and feet dragging through all the muck life has 
   Is this the way you are coping with your hurts? Are you 
allowing your hurts to turn into hates? If so, ask yourself: Is it 
working? Has your hatred done you any good? Has your resentment brought 
you any relief, any peace? Has it granted you any joy? 
   Lets say you get even. Lets say you get him back. 
Lets say she gets what she deserves. Lets say your fantasy of fury 
runs its ferocious course and you return all your pain with interest. 
Imagine yourself standing over the corpse of the one you have hated. 
Will you now be free? 
   The writer of the following letter thought she would be. She 
thought her revenge would bring release. But she learned otherwise. 
   I caught my husband making love to another woman. He swore it 
would never happen again. He begged me to forgive him, but I could not 
- would not. I was so bitter and so incapable of swallowing my 
pride that I could think of nothing but revenge. I was going to make 
him pay and pay dearly. Id have my pound of flesh. 
   I filed for divorce, even though my children begged me not to.
   Even after the divorce, my husband tried for two years to win 
me back. I refused to have anything to do with him. He had struck 
first; now I was striking back. All I wanted was to make him pay. 
   Finally he gave up and married a lovely young widow with a 
couple of small children. He began rebuilding his life - without me. 
   I see them occasionally, and he looks so happy. They all do. 
And here I am - a lonely, old, miserable woman who allowed her 
selfish pride and foolish stubbornness to ruin her life. 
   Unfaithfulness is wrong. Revenge is bad. But the worst part 
of all is that, without forgiveness, bitterness is all that is 
   The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge 
or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or 
taste Gods mercy. 
   No wonder, then, the wise man begs, Above all else, guard 
your heart. 
   Davids prayer should be ours: Create in me a pure 
heart, O God. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   A mother says, Im so sorry for abandoning you - could we 
possibly get together? 
   Her daughter thinks to herself, Thats it?  She wants to 
get together and Im supposed to just forgive her? 
   Seems too easy.  Doesnt mom need to experience what she 
gave? Spend a few years wondering if shell see her daughter again? 
Some pain-filled nights? A bit of justice? Isnt some vengeance in 
order? Of course it is. God cares about justice more than we do. 
   In Romans 12:17, Paul tells us to never pay back evil for 
evil.  Leave that to God, for He has said that he will repay those who 
deserve it. 
   We fear the evildoer will slip into the night, unknown and 
unpunished. Not to worry.  God will repay - not He might repay. God will 
execute justice on behalf of truth and fairness. Fix your enemies?  
Thats Gods job. Forgive your enemies?  Ahh, thats where you and 
I come in. We forgive. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

   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 (TNIV) 
   To bless others is the very calling of a Christian. As Peter 
writes, "Do not repay evil for 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." That's part of the mystery and 
beauty of life in Jesus. When you give something of value in His name - 
a gift, an insight, a kind word, your time and help, a prayer, a 
listening ear - it works its way back to your benefit. But rarely at the 
same time or in the same way! Filtered through God's wisdom and 
providence, it returns to you as something incredibly encouraging and 
helpful at a moment when you least expect it. It may not even be in this 
life at all, but it will accrue to your benefit and delight in 
heaven. But be assured of this: God is an incomparable bookkeeper, and 
He never loses track of one kindness done in the name of His Son.  
   What a delight! Bless You, Father, for making this a 
principle of life: "Give, and it will be given to you  pressed down, 
shaken together  poured into your lap" (Luke 6:38). What a sweetness 
to think that gifts given here on earth have a triple impact - 
first on the receiver, then on the giver, and then on Jesus Himself! 
[A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 

   Qne of the most difficult and unnatural ways to demonstrate 
our trust in God is to show love to our enemies - to those who 
oppose us, who have hurt us deeply, who are slandering us or making our 
lives miserable. Aren't we being sufficiently charitable if we simply 
ignore them and hope they go away? But to love them? For some of us, 
the very thought is revolting. We just don't think we can bring 
ourselves to do that. We have no desire to minister to someone who has 
opposed and perhaps even wounded us.  
   But God commands us to love our enemy. That kind of love 
shows the world the radical difference that Christ makes in our lives. 
Loving our enemies also drives us to depend on the Holy Spirit to a 
degree we would never have to if we were called to love only our 
friends and family. Finally, showing Christ's love to our enemies 
magnifies their guilt and guarantees their just punishment by God if they 
don't repent of their sin. When they reject Christ's love in you, they 
reject Christ and make their future judgment a certainty. [Being Still 
With God Every Day by Henry Blackaby] 

   We all experience conflict in relationships at times, and 
when we do it is important for us to do all we can to restore peace. 
Conflict or strife left unattended to can ultimately become a major 
problem. The first thing to do in conflict is to examine your own heart 
and ask God to reveal your part in the problem. Humble yourself and 
do your best to make peace with everyone. Being right is highly 
overrated, but the value of peace can never be overrated. If you are angry 
with anyone, I urge you to be the peacemaker, for where there is 
peace, there is power and Gods anointing. 
   The peaceful are the powerful! [My Time with God by Joyce 




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