Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44 (additional reading: Psalm 116:1-19 and Proverbs 15:20-21)
Have you ever been wronged, mistreated, annoyed or ignored? Is someone tormenting you beyond what you can cope? Are you longing for some PAYBACK?
Let’s talk about revenge; It may be one of life’s most subtle temptation. All of us have probably at one time or another have wanted to get even for being mistreated. Maybe it was because an employer promised you something and never came through. Maybe a friend who walked out on you when you needed him or her the most. Maybe it was a parent who failed you or someone in the Church who hurt you or has not appreciated your efforts. Perhaps a spouse or partner that was unfaithful. Whatever the cause, maybe it has caused you to now wait for the chance to get even or you’re seething inside because you are holding a grudge.
But how do we resist this urge to payback wrong with wrong? Especially when the feelings are so strong within us. How can we still honour God and love others (yes, even those who mistreat us) when it seems unnatural? Well, in our passage today this subtle temptation even reaches into a life as exemplary as David’s. From his excellent example of submitting to God’s will, instead of taking revenge, we can see at least Three principles to put into practice.
- REALIZE THE NATURAL TEMPTATION: Vss:1-4
- REFUSE TO FIGHT IN LIKE MANNER: – Vss: 5-11
- REMEMBER GOD’S ULTIMATE JUDGEMENT: – Vss:12-15
That needs to be our attitude toward revenge. Realizing that vengeance is a natural temptation but refusing to fight in a like manner, keeping our mind on the goal and trusting in God’s ultimate justice and saying, “May the LORD judge which of us is right and punish the guilty one. He is our advocate. He will rescue us!”
- Have you been waiting for revenge on someone?
- How can you deal with this temptation early on before it grows and takes over your life?
Father, Thank You that You are full of grace. Help us to show this grace and mercy to others also. Help us to honour you with our lives even in those moments that we find it so difficult. In Jesus’ name, Amen