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Never, ever take vengeance unto yourself. Never get up into the Judge’s chair.
Don’t ever take vengeance—not against your spouse who was insensitive and uncaring after you’d had a hard day. Not against your sister who borrowed your favorite pair of jeans again without asking. Not against that guy at work who spread untrue gossip about you. Not against the parent who has disrespected you again or the child that has made your life unfairly hard. Not even against that person that committed a crime against you.
Anyone - Evil - Evil - Thought - Everyone
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord”
God will bring into account every sin. Not one sin will go unrequited! Every sin ever committed will be paid for by the person in **** or Jesus on the cross. Thus, your vengeance against evil is not required.
Responsibility - Justice - Government - Justice - Love
Practically, this means we never take on ourselves the responsibility to get personal justice; and, even when we look to the government to restore justice (which they should!), we do so with love and a desire for restoration in our hearts for those who wronged us.
That’s difficult because when someone has wronged you, few things feel like they would be more satisfying than to see them pay.
Gospel - Government - Systems - God - Work
But when you understand the gospel, even when you allow the government systems God has established to do their work, there’s a part of you that is weeping when they’re suffering, and you want them to repent and be restored.
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