Read Romans 12:9-21
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.. (Romans 12:17-19)
Justice for Personal Vendettas
- We all encounter personal situations in life that stir up our sense of justice and desire for revenge.
- your co-worker that steals credit for your good work
- your sibling that deceived you and crushed your family
- your friend that betrayed you, throwing years of friendship away
- your ex that broke your heart and ruined your life
- Yet verse 19 instructs us to trust the righteous anger of God to deal with the offender.
- “Ok God, you take it.”
- Hard to trust that God will ‘deal with them’ as we would see fit.
Isaiah 55: 8 & 9
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
- David vs Saul – David trust God to ‘deal with’ Saul in his way and his timing.
Justice for Humanity Around Us
- We all encounter injustice in the world that stirs something inside of us
- kids suffering abuse
- people treated differently based on their gender or colour of skin
- abuse of power
- wealthy exploiting the poor
- Just as we trust God with our personal vendettas, we can trust him with the injustices in the world around us. The main difference – he invites us to partner with him to advocate for the oppressed.
Isaiah 1: 17
Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
- Saul vs. Nahash (1 Samuel 11) – Saul’s response to injustice is a great model for us
- The Spirit of God came powerfully upon him
- He became very angry at the oppression of his people
- He was driven to action
- There was great joy for the oppressed
Trust God to provide justice for your personal vendettas. His vengeance is better than yours. Partner with God to advocate against the injustice you see in the world. May you be stirred to action.