Romans 12: 17-21 “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.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”
It is a fairly normal response that when people think someone, or some organization, or group of people has taken or desires to take from them what they feel belongs to them, that they will consider seeking vengeance. The problem is that only God knows all the elements of such situations. Only God knows what is true and what is not true. For this and likely other reasons, we are admonished as Christians to bless and not curse those we consider enemies.
Ultimately, this desire for revenge will give birth to hate. It is clearly written that we are not to hate our brethren. Those who hate are not walking in the grace and mercy of God. The two do not mix. As hate grows it inspires people to do unimaginable things against others. Vengeance and hate magnify the negative elements of life and change our ability to embrace full truth.
It is tough when someone hurts us and blocks us from getting something we want or deserve. But only God can sort it all out. Sometimes we don’t deserve what we think we do. Sometimes, we aren’t meant to get what we want when we want it. Sometimes, we get what we don’t deserve and yet we can learn deeply beneficial truths from these experiences that deepen our walk with God. Only God knows the depths of our hearts and yearnings and pain. Only God knows the right timing or the best timing for things.
Pain and wounds are one of the most important times to take it all to God in prayer. God knows all and loves all.
SO: is there someone in your life that you just cannot stand, or that continually tries to get in the way of your walk with God, or that has done something that has hurt you deeply? Have you thought of punching their ‘lights’ out, or at least sticking your foot out just enough to trip them and watch them fall on their face? Unfortunately, this rarely makes one feel any better. It doesn’t heal the inner pain. It doesn’t correct a bad situation, and generally makes it worse.
Really, it’s better to lift these people up in prayer, asking God to put their hand on them and help them draw closer to God. The Greek “eulogeo” means to invoke blessing or praise. It is to ask God to work good in their lives. The Hebrew equivalent is “barak” which means to kneel. So, let us kneel before God and petition God to work goodness in the lives of those who have brought us harm. We know that when God works goodness in our lives, He has to expose the sin and wrongdoing, and remove them in order to enable us to do good. So, all in all, blessing our enemies is truly the best approach.