We’ve all experienced the desire for revenge when someone wrongs us. It’s natural to want to take matters into our own hands and make the other person feel the same pain they caused us. But as Christians, we are called to respond differently. We are called to trust that God will repay those who hurt us.
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Understanding God’s Justice
It’s important to remember that God’s justice may not be immediately evident in this world. Sometimes, those who do evil seem to thrive while the righteous suffer. But rest assured, when Jesus Christ is revealed, God’s justice will be made clear.
Seeking revenge may provide a momentary sense of closure or satisfaction, but it can also become a never-ending cycle of bitterness and exhaustion. Instead, we are encouraged to follow God’s teachings on dealing with wrongdoers.
The Central Biblical Truth
The central truth found in the Bible is that God is just. He never takes revenge on anyone but always conducts Himself with fairness. No one will face punishment for a crime they did not commit, and no sin will receive excessive punishment compared to the offense.
Even though our immediate instinct might be to hurt someone back when they hurt us, we are called to live at peace with everyone. We are urged to resist the urge to exact revenge and make room for God’s wrath, knowing that He will repay (Romans 12:18-20).
How Will God Repay?
God’s promise to repay those who hurt us is rooted in His trustworthiness. Romans 12:14 teaches us to bless our persecutors rather than curse them. They, too, need God’s mercy just as we do. By choosing forgiveness and kindness, we can heap burning coals upon their heads (Proverbs 25:22).
Treating our enemies with love and kindness may eventually lead them to realize their mistakes and regret their actions. God will take care of repaying those who have treated us unfairly when the time is right (Romans 12:19).
Examples of God’s Repayment
Throughout the Bible, we find examples of God repaying those who have wronged His people. From David’s roller coaster life to the destruction of Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea, God ensures that justice is served.
God is a just God who upholds the law. It is not our role to seek revenge but to entrust those who have wronged us to Him. He knows how to handle them.
Bible Verses on God’s Repayment
Here are three Bible verses that remind us of God’s justice:
- John 8:44: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.”
- Matthew 26:52-54: “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled?”
- Ezekiel 18:20: “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
Trust in God’s Unwavering Justice
Remember, nothing is concealed from God. He is all-knowing and just. We can trust in His unwavering justice. Rather than seeking revenge, let us overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
In our pursuit of justice, let us turn to the Holy Spirit for help and forgive those who have wronged us. Trust that God will handle them according to His perfect judgment. After all, vengeance belongs to the Lord.
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May you find peace in knowing that God will repay those who hurt you.