We've been reflecting on the passages of Roman 12 these past few days and we have already learned so much as to how God wants us to deal with conflict.
In quick review, we've looked at ways to live harmoniously with one another (Romans 12:16)
- Practice humility (second half of Romans 12:16)
- We talked about being honorable and not repaying evil for evil. (Romans 12:17)
- And we also looked at being peaceable as much as humanly possible. (Romans 12:18)
You'd think we covered all the things we can about dealing with conflict and getting along with others, but to the contrary, since we are such disagreeable humans, Paul has a few more pointers for us to look at.
Today, we move on to Romans 12:19.
"Beloved, do not avenge yourselves. But instead, give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
(I love it when he calls us "beloved")
This verse is telling us to forgive and let God take over. This verse was explained to me like this. We are God's children and we are loved. He will not permit anything to happen to us that cannot be turned around for good. Set aside your anger (wrath) and let God take care of things. Trust the matter to God who is the judge of all things. When we try to take care of things ourselves, thereby taking it out of God's hands. We can't see the grand scheme of things. We are very near-sighted when it comes to feeling we have been wronged. God will take care of it in His time. For those that deserve to be punished, God knows their heart and will see to it.
Don't allow vengeful thoughts take up another moment in your mind. The longer you hold on to those thoughts, the more bitterness and hate has the opportunity to spread. Let go and let God... he knows your pain. Your job is to forgive. Avenge not. Forgive and let God do his work.
Are you having trouble with holding on to hurts? Let us know how we can help and pray for you!
Anyone have other suggestions of how to let go and move on? Post in the comments!!
Elizabeth Bourgeret is a life coach, author and she is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop and the Leading With Love Series of books, workshops and coaching.