“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 … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19-21)
As the Watchers on the wall, we witness many injustices. Likewise, as followers of Jesus, we may be persecuted for our faith. Perhaps we feel we have enemies among our fellow believers! It can be tempting to try to rectify these situations ourselves.
There are countless movie plots and popular songs about taking revenge on someone who deserves it. Our society often praises a good revenge story and labels it “karma” when someone’s ill intent leads to future suffering. It can be very tempting to take on the burden of delivering justice ourselves when someone does us harm.
Yet it is impossible to raise our hands to Christ in worship when they are still clenched and ready for a fight. Scripture reminds us that vengeance is the Lord’s! Christ calls us not just to tolerate our enemies, but to love them. To pray for them. Even to serve them! The Lord sees our efforts and blesses them. If our overtures of peace fail and our words of faith fall on deaf ears, we can shake the dust from our feet and move on. We can stand strong for ourselves and for Christ without being taken advantage of, and without seeking vengeance.
Pray for a clear path to freedom for yourself and your enemies through the muddy waters of worldly justice.
Jesus, I pray for wisdom to know when to speak, when to walk away, and for the self-control to leave justice for my enemies in Your hands!