DAY 25 – The Avenger

My prayers to all those involved and affected by the #ManchesterArenaExplosion

It is impossible not be consumed by anger and sadness when we hear of the terrible things that happened to innocent people. Murder, rape, wars, terrorist attacks, abuse, starvation, bullying… the list is never ending. I cannot even begin to imagine how painful it must be for those involved.

We all have been sinned against, in big or small ways. Anytime I get overwhelmed by anger, I remind myself the promise that God will repay every wrong ever committed against us.

I know it is hard and I am not saying act like it didn’t happen. Or that we shouldn’t punish those accountable. If someone did something horrible to me or my loved ones, I am not sure if I wouldn’t want revenge or kill the @#$%^& with my own hands; but I would want myself to trust God and hand it over to Him rather than live a life of hatred and resentment.

Revenge is a quick-fix that gives you some gratification, even though it is only temporary. Do not confuse revenge with justice. They are two different things. One is driven by anger and violence; while the other, is driven by the desire for a change and to make this world a better place.

In most cases, it was hate and retribution that drove people to commit hideous crimes. A wrong doesn’t right a wrong. All the wrongs just keep snowballing!

Choose to believe that God will avenge you.
Choose to end the cycle of pain and hate.
Choose to use your experience to make this world a better place.
Choose to heal.

Life is too precious to be wasted on anger, vengeance, and resentment.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
 if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
– Romans 12:19-21

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