A short devotional on Romans 12:17-21. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Sunday, September 27, 2020
There is a lot of unfairness in the world. We have treated someone well, and they treat us poorly. Or something happens because of someone else's choices that hurt us.
The natural reaction is to get even. To make them feel pain because that is only fair.
If you have been a Christian very long though, you probably know the right thing is to forgive them. But often that is hard to do because it seems so unfair.
But I think forgiveness is so hard because we may have a wrong concept of what that means.
God does ask us not to repay evil with evil. He asks us to forgive. It doesn't mean we immediately trust again of course, but forgive -- Choose not to hold hard feelings against that person. That is our part.
But here is the part we miss. When God asks us to forgive someone, it doesn't mean He forgives them.
When we forgive, God is asking us to let Him deal with the person. To turn revenge over to Him.
That's a really good thing for a couple reasons. First, it releases us of the burden of carrying a grudge. That means we can go on and live a happy and healthy life.
But second, it gives God permission to act on our behalf. God knows people better than we do. He knows the right time to move, and He knows if they will repent in the future and become a new person, so right now revenge is not the right thing.
Romans 12:17-21 says:
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 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,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Evil needs to be dealt with. But there is a different approach. Knowing God is big, we can turn our enemies over to Him. Our part is to chose to forgive, and give God room to punish those who need to be punished.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow