Edwards’ Resolution #14

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 in Resolutions

download14. Resolved, Never to do any thing out of revenge. 

This resolution is about as straightforward as it gets – and also difficult at times to carry out! Revenge comes in different ways – from spite to silence. Let’s face it, especially with those whom we are closest, we know just how to “get even.” We might not call this revenge, but that is exactly what it is. Revenge is rooted in pride. Pride always wants to win, to have the upper hand at all times. Often we are vengeful when perhaps we don’t even recognize it.

Consider the following:

[14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. [15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. [16] Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. [17] Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. [18] If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. [19] 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.” [20] To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” [21] Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:14-21)

Also consider the proverb: “Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.” (Proverbs 20:22)

So, next time someone cuts you off on the road, what will be your reaction? I would also ask you father’s to take care in what you allow your children to watch on TV and play on video games. Would you agree that much of the violence found on both are acts of vengeance? Remember, getting even began just outside the Garden in Genesis 4 with a jealous brother. God warned Cain, “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7) Cain had no regard for God’s warning and did not exercise self-control.

Remember, revenge can have many forms – all are sinful! “Rule over it!”

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