When someone treats you badly what is your first thought of what to do? If someone makes fun of you or harms you do you find yourself seeking revenge? Is that the way God wants us to react? What does the Bible say about being an avenger and seeking revenge?
It is in our make up as human beings, when a someone does something wrong, a punishment of some kind should be given to that person. Justice should prevail and someone should pay for the harm that was done. However, it is not up to us to be the avenger of the wrongdoer.
God is the Avenger
It is not our job to make someone pay for their wrongdoing. The Bible clearly tells us that we are not to retaliate against someone. Instead, we are to leave the matter in God’s hands because He is The Avenger and will bring true justice.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”Romans 12:19
But why does God want us to allow Him to be the avenger? Most often when we try to make someone pay for their deeds, we go about it in the wrong way at the wrong time. Our motivations come from our emotions and desire to hurt the person for what they have done. God will do the right thing at the right time. He will also do so in a loving, non spiteful way that will hopefully bring them closer to Him.
How to Wait for God
The really hard part is that God may wait awhile before He takes His vengeance. Often times what God deems appropriate, isn’t what we think should be done. So what does God expect us to do in these cases? God expects us to show His love to the person that hurt you.
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.Romans 12:20-21
We are to be intentionally kind to this person that hurt us! Why? Because God can use your love toward this person for His good. God may be able to use your kindness to help this person see the love of God in a way that wouldn’t be possible without the situation that created the conflict.
Is this easy to do? Absolutely not! Relying on God’s promise of grace and love is the only way this can truly happen. This type of love, in spite of the the hurt, doesn’t come naturally to us.
3 Ways to Allow God to be the Avenger?
1. Remember the grace that God has shown to you
Have you found forgiveness and mercy in the love of God? Keeping this is mind will help you to love this person like God loves you.
2. Ask God for Strength
Ask God to give you the strength to overcome your worldly desire for revenge and retribution. Also ask God to show you the ways He wants you to show His love for this person. Do this while leaving the Avenger to repay every evil act with His righteous vengeance.
3. Allow God to show you a path to forgiveness
Through our forgiveness of others, we become more like Christ which allows us closer fellowship with God. This closer fellowship will bring us closer to God’s Will for our lives.
As you can see, God is to be the only Avenger. We are not to seek vengeance against others but instead we are to seek God’s guidance and allow Him to handle the situation.
Do you have any other ideas on ways to help us to allow God to be the Avenger in our lives?
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