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TOUCHPOINTS: Vengeance belongs to God

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By Phyllis Perkins

 There is a new TV series called “Revenge.”

The girl in the series is seeking to destroy those who wrongfully accused her father for something he didn't do, leading to his incarceration and death.  Revenge is one of the most primitive of human instincts. If we are unjustly criticized by someone we work with, made the victim in a crime we didn't commit, slandered by lies of others, or had someone we love taken from us by sensual actions of another, our gut response is to want revenge. 

The Old Testament contains plenty of revenge but God makes it very clear that vengeance will come from him.

“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18). Taking personal vengeance is forbidden by God. We always want to get back or get even, but righteous judgment, ultimate judgment, and revenge are to be left to God.    

One wrongdoing never justifies a second.

“Recompense to no man evil for evil.” (Romans 12:17).

“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).

Our human nature will say, “Well, I'll show them,” but that is never the way. If you are carrying any bitterness, anger or desire for revenge, do not take matters into your own hands. It will only cause you future pain. Leave it all in the hands of God, because justice will come from him.