Posts Tagged ‘Revenge

09
Jan
18

Those Who Do Evil

Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-16 in chapter 3 of his first letter. He quotes David as he writes:

For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” – 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)

Peter has been writing about responding to evil and insults with a blessing. Again, this is a difficult proposition, but we’ve got to remember that there is more than this life for which we are living. Yes, the temptation for revenge is great when we are wronged. But instead of taking matters into our own hands and repaying evil with evil, let’s let God fight our battles and let Him judge those who do evil. Our job is to keep our eyes on Jesus.
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08
Jan
18

How To Repay Evil

When people mistreat you, what is your response? If someone insults you, what do you say in return? Peter tells us how to repay someone who is mean to us. He writes:

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 (NIV)

Instead of revenge, we are to repay evil with a blessing. Say what? How is that even possible? How can we be expected to do that? If someone bops you in the nose, you want to bop them right back! The thing about revenge is that it is never an eye for an eye. It’s two eyes for an eye. We want to get revenge plus a little more. We want to teach them a lesson. Don’t mess with me! That’s not how a follower of Jesus should respond. God promises a blessing to those who repay evil with a blessing instead of revenge. God’s deepest desire is for people to be reconciled to Him. If you bless someone who mistreats you or insults you, you might win them over to Jesus. There’s much more at stake than your pride or hurt feelings.
27
Dec
17

Into Whose Hands?

Good Wednesday morning to you! When someone wrongs us, our human nature takes over and we want to get revenge on that person. We want to even the score or get back at them. That’s not what Jesus did, even to those who were crucifying Him. Peter wrote:

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. – 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

Rather than taking matters into His own hands, which He would have every right to do, He trusted God. He put His situation and His trust in His Heavenly Father. We need to do the same thing. When someone wrongs you, into whose hands will you place the situation? Will you take matters into your own hands or will you trust the Judge of everyone? Do you have enough faith in God to know that nothing escapes His knowledge or sight. The next time someone wrongs you, don’t seek revenge. Let go of the anger and trust God to handle the situation. How you respond will say more about you than how you were wronged says about them.
26
Dec
17

He Did Not Deserve It

In 1 Peter 2, Peter was talking about how slaves would sometimes be mistreated by their masters. Peter said that it was commendable by God when they would bear up under such suffering instead of retaliating. When talking about suffering, he writes about the example of Jesus. Jesus suffered unjustly and He did not retaliate.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22   “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth. – 1 Peter 2:21-22 (NIV)

Jesus did not deserve the punishment He suffered. He went to the cross and suffered excruciating pain and humiliation for the sake of us all. He could have called down fire from Heaven to do away with His executioners, yet He did not retaliate. When we suffer unjustly, it is to our credit to bear up under it and not retaliate or seek revenge. Jesus is our example and if He could suffer even though He did not deserve it, we can learn to as well.
29
Nov
16

With Everyone

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. — Romans 12:17-18 (NIV)

In Romans 12, Paul goes over a laundry list of expectations for God’s people.  How are we to live on a daily basis?  I think that verses 17-18 are so very important.  Do not take revenge.  Live lives of righteousness.  Live peaceably with those around you.  People who do not follow Christ are watching those of us who do.  If we live by the code of an eye for an eye, we are going against Jesus who said to do otherwise.  How can we say that we follow the Righteous One (1 John 2:1) if we will not live righteously.  Those who follow the Prince of Peace must learn to live in peace as well.

Jesus is our example and He turned the other cheek.  He never sinned.  He preached and lived peace with all.  When we fall short of His example, we are scrutinized and deservedly so.  It seems that those who do not follow Christ are always looking for an opportunity to prove that His people are less than perfect and we give them ample opportunities!  Praise God for His forgiveness and grace so that when we fall short, He picks us up.  Our forgiveness is not dependent upon what the world thinks of us.  It is dependent upon the God of infinite grace and second chances.  All thanks and praise be to Him!

PRAYER: May all praise and glory be given to You and Your name today, O God. You are the mighty God and I give You glory and honor. Help me to be a peacemaker today and to live at peace with everyone in my life. Take the desire for revenge away from me so that I may have peace with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

07
Dec
15

The Desire For Revenge

Micah 2:1-5 (NIV)

Woe to those who plan iniquity,
to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
because it is in their power to do it.
2 They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
they rob them of their inheritance.

3 Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disaster against this people,
from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
for it will be a time of calamity.
4 In that day people will ridicule you;
they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;
my people’s possession is divided up.
He takes it from me!
He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

5 Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by lot.

The people of Micah’s day were wicked.  Their hearts were full of evil.  They were greedy and covetous.  They not only coveted what others had, but they devised evil schemes to take and steal what they wanted.  So God was going to judge them and punish them for their wickedness.
They had forgotten their ancestry.  The Jews were once slaves in Egypt and they had nothing.  They were oppressed and a people without a land of their own.  God gave them land and now they were stealing the land of their fellow Jews.  God was going to punish them by another nation attacking them and stealing their land.
Those who plot evil and steal from others will be judged and punished by God.  Nothing escapes His sight.  God is not unaware of the wickedness and evil in our world.  Those who devise wicked schemes to exploit the poor will not escape His judgment.  Do not repay evil for evil, Peter said.

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 (NIV)​

​The Apostle Paul said the same thing:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear 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. – Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

God will do what is right and He will not forget the oppressed nor the victims of the wicked schemes of evildoers.  ​

 

PRAYER: Lord, I pray today for those who are oppressed by evildoers.  The wicked seem to get away with so much in our world.  Help me to remember that You see all and are the Judge of all.  Help me not to seek revenge against those who come against me, but to trust You to do what is just and right.  Thank You for Your mercy toward me.  Help me to show mercy to others.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

16
Dec
13

Appetite For Revenge

Samson was a prisoner to his appetites.  In Judges 15, we see his appetite for revenge.  Samson was angry because his father-in-law gave his Philistine wife to a friend of Samson’s.  Back in Judges 14, we read that Samson paid the dowry for his wife and they were married.  At the wedding, the Philistines had answered Samson’s riddle, which cost him 30 linen garments and 30 sets of clothes.  Samson was angry and he stormed off in a huff.  The father-in-law gave his daughter to one of Samson’s companions.  So Samson caught 300 foxes and tied their tails together and used them to set the fields of the Philistines on fire.  In a response of vengeance, the Philistines burned Samson’s wife and father-in-law to death.  Samson then kills 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey.
Samson used his strength for revenge.  He was angry and bitter and he was full of hateful vengeance.  He could have used his God-given strength for such greater and nobler purposes, but he did not.  God has given us gifts to use and we must use them wisely.  Rather than using them for our own purposes, let us use God’s gifts for His purposes.  Let us use our talents and abilities for His glory.  It is easy to succumb to our appetites, but it is far better to be self-controlled.  Self-control is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s activity in our lives.  Let us learn to control our anger and our appetites and live for God’s glory.

Judges 15

New International Version (NIV)

Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines

15 Later on, at the time of wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat and went to visit his wife. He said, “I’m going to my wife’s room.” But her father would not let him go in.

2 “I was so sure you hated her,” he said, “that I gave her to your companion. Isn’t her younger sister more attractive? Take her instead.”

3 Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.” 4 So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails,5 lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.

6 When the Philistines asked, “Who did this?” they were told, “Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.”

So the Philistines went up and burned her and her father to death. 7 Samson said to them, “Since you’ve acted like this, I swear that I won’t stop until I get my revenge on you.” 8 He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave in the rock of Etam.

9 The Philistines went up and camped in Judah, spreading out near Lehi. 10 The people of Judah asked, “Why have you come to fight us?”

“We have come to take Samson prisoner,” they answered, “to do to him as he did to us.”

11 Then three thousand men from Judah went down to the cave in the rock of Etam and said to Samson, “Don’t you realize that the Philistines are rulers over us? What have you done to us?”

He answered, “I merely did to them what they did to me.”

12 They said to him, “We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the Philistines.”

Samson said, “Swear to me that you won’t kill me yourselves.”

13 “Agreed,” they answered. “We will only tie you up and hand you over to them. We will not kill you.” So they bound him with two new ropes and led him up from the rock. 14 As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. 15 Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

16 Then Samson said,

“With a donkey’s jawbone
I have made donkeys of them.
With a donkey’s jawbone
I have killed a thousand men.”

17 When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.

18 Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord, “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived. So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.

20 Samson led Israel for twenty years in the days of the Philistines.




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