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Romans 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 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. 20 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.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
This is probably one of the most difficult passages of scripture to follow. It tilts at the very nature of who we are. I have seen vengeance meted out by people whom I understood to be walking in faith and yet they felt justified to wreak their revenge upon another person who thought they were walking after the Way of Jesus. If it is difficult for Christians to get along with one another, how nearly impossible is it then to be peacemakers in this twisted, perverted world in which we live. As I think of trying to overcome these urges within myself, I despair of hope, unless…
Praise God and Hallelujah! Ha has made the way for us to follow, and He has shown us by the sacrifice of His own Son, and not only that, but He has also promised His Holy spirit to live in us and help us to do what we cannot imagine doing on our own. So, when we look at the frustration of trying to clean up the messes made by others and the spirit of vengeance overtakes us, we must the stop and pray and thank God for the manifestation of His true power in His Holy Spirit to overcome even ourselves.