Vengeance is a heavy burden to carry

‘Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. ” Romans 12:19

Life is not fair. But I want it to be. I am tired of people’s rudeness, careless actions and words, clouding this beautiful world. We witness people doing horrible things and we think, “oh come on! How can you do such a thing?” It is hard to sit back and watch injustices happen, especially when they affect ourselves, our families or the world. We can pray and ask the Lord, how He wants us to help in those situations. The problem with vengeance is when we want someone to suffer for causing us pain. When we try to take vengeance into our own hands, everyone suffers.

There is a person that would say horrible things to me over the course of my life. I was clamoring for an opportunity to knock them down. Then one day, I made a cutting comment right to their face. Finally, after all of those years, of enduring their nastiness, I put them in their place. To my surprise, I felt worse. I saw their face and I broke them. I thought, I did exactly what they did to me. I realized, I was harboring resentment. My heart was dark and hardened. I had to forgive them.

I forgave them, I finally let it go. (Sorry for the ear worm from “Frozen”.) I have set boundaries and will speak up in love if I am being attacked. I pray for them and my protection when I am around them. It is not easy. Unfortunately, there are people that remain in our lives, that aren’t nice. But God is with us and will help us.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you carry all of our burdens. Lord, help me set appropriate boundaries and protect me when I am with people who attack me. Help me to deal with people who aren’t nice and help me shower them with the love you would give to them. Holy Spirit, help me to forgive people in my life that have wronged me. Replace my hurts with what I need to feel to your love and your affirmation. Build me up Lord, so I can build up others. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”

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