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Vengeance Is the Lord’s

 

September 9

 

Read Matthew 5:38-40

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

 

Reflect

When you read the verses for today, what was your initial reaction? Do you like the idea of turning the other cheek?

 

If I’m being honest, these words don’t always sit well with me. I have a strong desire for justice, and when a wrong has been done to me, the urge to retaliate is difficult to suppress. And yet, Jesus said these words so I would do well to listen and obey them.

 

The concept of “an eye for an eye” first shows up in Exodus 21:24. Moses is giving the law and is explaining punishments that fit, but do not exceed, the crime committed. This law was intended to ensure that fair justice was served by the judges. It was not intended to condone personal vengeance. Jesus was simply correcting a misunderstanding of the true meaning of the law.

 

We want to fight back when someone wrongs us. We want revenge. We want justice served so much that we seek to serve it ourselves. In doing so, we are not only committing sins of our own, but we usually cause even more trouble. Jesus lovingly reminds us not to fight back.

 

But don’t worry. No one is getting away with anything. Romans 12:19 reassures us, “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.” God is still a God of justice. He is the perfect judge. Justice will always be served. It’s just not your job.

 

Pray

God, thank You for being the Perfect Judge. Help me submit to Your commands today to turn the other cheek and leave the vengeance to You. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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9 months ago
God, please let me learn to wait patiently on Your judgment. Please, let me remember that I, too have sinned and by Your grace and mercy, I was forgiven. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
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9 months ago
Lord Jesus, I need Your help to just cool it when I feel attacked or wronged. Please do not leave things to me for I am not in control when I am emotional. This I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
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9 months ago
I so share your sentiment. This too is my prayer, and praying for you as well. His grace is always sufficient to help us.
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” - 2 Corinthians 9:8
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9 months ago
As Christ follower, have Jesus fight our battles for us we need to go spread the good news to them.
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9 months ago
So whats to say if the party who caused this injustice becomes born again is revenge then revoked by God? Hope so after all everyone of us has done someone wrong.
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9 months ago
We are blessed to have Jesus on our side, He will handle any and everything. Let us stay in the Word and tell others about His goodness. He will fight our battles. Praise His name.
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