Thursday, July 26, 2012

Romans 12:19-21

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
Romans 12:19-21

The whole vengeance/revenge thing can be hard.  We're so caught up in keeping track of who is right and who is wrong that when we're right and someone else cheats us or offends us or hurts us, it can be hard to let it go, and not want to follow up on it and make whoever is at fault suffer.  Paul asks us here to "give place unto wrath."  Giving place makes me think of being in a crowd... we see someone steaming towards us, and we give place, or step aside, and let that person past.  I think that is kind of what we have to do with anger sometimes.  It washes over us, and we need to disengage, and give it space to leave rather than feeding it or letting it take us over.  This is something that God specifically says is his job, not ours.  He'll take care of it, and we need to give place, or step aside, and let God do his will.
The next two verses I think show us the better path... if our enemies need something, help them.  That's the way to "show" them... to be an example.  To give them an illustration of correct action and principle, not turn around and hate right back.  When we allow anger and the desire for vengeance to rule us, then we are allowing ourselves to be overcome with evil.  Instead, we should be overcoming those desires with good things... inviting the spirit back into our lives rather than letting anger crowd it out.  Giving place for the spirit in our lives is another good reason to step aside. :)
Today, let's work on letting go of anger and resentment.  Let's work on letting good overcome evil rather than the other way around.

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