“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” ~Leviticus 19:18
Now this is a tough one…holding grudges! Have you ever held a grudge against someone? Have you ever had trouble with true forgiveness, and in your heart you seek revenge on another person? If you are honest, have you hoped for something bad to happen to someone who wronged you or hurt you? I imagine most of us have felt this way at least one time in our lives. We get hurt by something another person says or does and it is hard to let it go. What a good reminder today that God is very clear in His Word about how we are to behave. This is what we find in the book of Romans:
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.” ~Romans 12:19
We are not called to repay others for what they have done to us. We are called to love them. Loving people that love us in return is pretty easy to do, but loving those people who have hurt us—now that is much harder. The next time you feel tempted to hold a grudge against someone or to repay them for the evil they have caused, ask God to help you respond in a way that pleases Him. Ask Him to help you love and trust Him to be the God of justice that He is. Be obedient in all things, choose love, and….let it go!
Thanks for reading today! ~Joy
Amen! Thankyou for the reminder. Sometimes it takes time and constant prayer, sometimes it takes prayer and fasting, sometimes it hurts, BAD, but none the less we are not excused from obeying God’s word, no matter how hard it is.
Hey, i wonder how hard it was for GOD to forgive you and I, to turn His back on His only son and let Him suffer for us, all the while knowing it would all one day lead to this moment: When, after choosing Him and having Him with us always to direct us in what is right and what is wrong, enabling us to choose goodness and to be holy, that we would look back to the face of the Father who suffered the ultimate sacrifice for us, and say, “I’m sorry God, but this time it is just too hard to do what you ask of me.”? My God is SO worth any suffering I will ever face, and He is with me thru it all. Knowing that I would fail Him, He died, He suffered loss, He did something that was very, very hard, to enable me for this moment. I choose to fight the unforgivness that tries to get ahold of my heart, DAILY, untill the day that I die, because I know the greatest blessing in doing so is that I’m not fighting alone!