During David’s reign, there was a severe famine which lasted for three full years. So David consulted the Lord about it, and the Lord said, “Saul and his family are guilty of murder; he put the people of Gibeon to death.” (The people of Gibeon were not Israelites; they were a small group of Amorites whom the Israelites had promised to protect, but Saul had tried to destroy them because of his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah.) So David summoned the people of Gibeon and said to them, “What can I do for you? I want to make up for the wrong that was done to you so that you will bless the Lord’s people.” 2 Samuel 21:1-3
Romans 12:19 My friends, don’t try to get even. Leave room for God to show his anger. It is written, “I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
Forgiveness is stronger than revenge. When I felt offended or hurt by someone in my using days my response was “Don’t get hurt get even.” My philosophy was if someone hurt me I would hurt them back, but worse. Always trying to prove I was stronger and tougher than everyone else. Even though I often didn’t feel that way.
Often we try to prove our authority and strength over others. Which in my own experience is usually an indication of our fear and self-doubt. Instead of feeling fear and self-doubt we need to hand our hurts and offense over to God and trust him to deal with it.
- In what areas are fear and self-doubt stopping you from repairing relationships?
Prayer: Lord help me today to overcome my feelings of fear and self-doubt
and put my faith in You.
1 John 3:1 What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it–we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test. For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other. We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time. The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together. This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. 1 John 3:10-18