“For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ “
In the Law of Moses, people were expected to avenge those who did not follow the law. The vengeance was to be carried out by the person who had been hurt. Some things were even punishable by death. Remember the “eye for eye and tooth for tooth” command? If someone kills your child, you kill theirs.
But, under Jesus, the Prince of Peace who “turned the other cheek”, who forgave people torturing him to death, you must forgive people so God, in turn, will forgive you (Matthew 6:14).
What is forgiveness? It is not condoning the bad someone did. Forgiveness is letting go and letting God do any punishing that may be required. Forgiveness is wishing the other person well. You may not trust the other person to not do the bad thing again, and you may forever fear that person. But you can always hope and pray that their lives and hearts will change for the better someday. No one is so bad that you cannot wish them well and pray for them. That’s forgiveness.
Vengeance only prolongs the pain; vengeance is hard on you. So, as the old saying goes, “Let go, and let God.” God will do his part ~ the hard part. He has left the easy part for you.
A CHILD’S BIBLE HEROES: JOSEPH. He was forced into slavery because of his brothers. He spent years in prison because of his brothers. Did he become bitter? That would have been natural. But Joseph did not know how to be bitter. His love for everyone drove him to always be forgiving. So, with a constant positive attitude, he became “prime minister” of all Egypt. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….https://bit.ly/ForgivingJoseph