July 11, 2018
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. – Romans 12:19
When Sylas was about two years old, he loved horses, so for Christmas he got a rocking horse that neighed like a real one. He quickly caught on how to ride his new steed, and was soon rocking back and forth at a risky pace. His audience waited until the predictable happened: the horse threw him off onto the carpet. Sylas didn’t cry—he just got up with fire in his eyes, grabbed hold of his new horse, and bit it on the nose! The horse had a fuzzy nose, so Sylas backed away wiping his mouth to remove some fuzz. He had reaped the results of his anger. And, the horse didn’t appear disturbed at all!
When frustrating events occur, human instinct may be to get even or seek revenge. However, retaliating against the one who hurt you does nothing to heal the difficulty, and it may actually give you yet another problem, as it did for Sylas. Retaliation only multiplies the distance you put between yourself and a soul for whom Jesus died. However, a forgiving spirit on your part may be the very thing that would lead that one to the Lord.
Christians can have “the mind of Christ.” Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount that we should “pray for them which despitefully use you” (Matthew 5:44). He also said that we must love our enemies and do good to those who hurt us. Being in tune with the Lord is the secret; He helps us to have a desire to respond in a Christian manner, and then to follow up with prayer for the one who has wronged us.