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Journey to Awareness Lent Day 29

NIV 1 Peter 2:23  When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

The idea of getting even, getting back, getting revenge (which even has its own TV show) against someone you believe has wronged you seems to be growing as an idea seen as being somehow justified, even ethical.  The extent to how far one can go to get revenge is still limited by law, but even there more courts of law are not convicting defendants who are get their sympathy for because their act of vengeance seemed to be an eye for an eye.

NIV Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

As the beginning verse states, Jesus was not into getting revenge.  There are some writing by a group called Gnostics who wrote accounts of the life of Jesus in which, as a child, Jesus was vengeful but the accounts were fabricated.  All accepted evidence indicates that what Peter wrote about our Lord is true.

In this world and its fallen state we need to understand that people will do things that violates us physically and in other ways.  We will get angry.  We most likely will want to lash out.  However, if we do we simply become like the one who hurt us and we feed the effects of the Fall (our violation of God’w will) and thus grieve God.

When we pay attention to the life of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts to make us more like him, the desire for revenge shrinks in intensity while the desire to love as God loves grows.  As Christian we do not believe in the concept of karma (what comes around goes around).  We live and hope for forgiveness and grace.  Hopefully we understand their is a more important process going on here than just easing our emotions and feelings concerning what has happened to me.  Revenge destroys relationships or the possibility of relationships.  The work of the powers and principalities is a work of revenge against God.   Jesus gave his life so they we could have victory over captivity these elements have over us.  Jesus has set the example.

As we pray, meditate, study, reflect, and practice spiritual disciplines during this season it would most likely be beneficial if we would take the time to check out our own perceive hurts and wrongs committed against us and give the over to God.  God has claimed ownership.  We need to pray that he takes them from us and replaces them with a desire to see those who have offended changed.  God is good at doing just that!

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