Revenge or Forgiveness?

Written by Joe Dardano

When we are wronged, our flesh immediately wants to lash back at the offender to exact revenge. That is our human nature. However, our faith demands we pray to God so the He can help us transcend nature and make decisions that are based on the Spirit of God. Spirit can overcome nature and Jesus proved that on the cross. The Bible tells us to forgive the one who offends us because their offense creates their own misery and negative consequences: They spread a net for my feet—I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path—but they have fallen into it themselves” (Psalm 57:6). Those who plot evil, ultimately, bury themselves by their evil intentions and actions. The result of doing harm to others is doing harm to yourself. That is why we need to forgive and let God arrange the consequences on His own timetable. As it says in Romans 12:19 and Proverbs 20:22, God will orchestrate the results of peoples’ evil actions to bounce back into their lives. If we take that responsibility into our own hands, then we assume a job that really belongs to God. In addition, if we keep resenting others then we suffer. Therefore, forgive, let go and be free.

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