Let God settle it for you


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"Dear friends, don't try to get even. Let God
take revenge." Ro 12:19 CEV
When someone has hurt or betrayed you, it goes
against your grain to resist the instinct for revenge-
especially when there is an opportunity to settle the
old score and your friends urge you to capitalize on
it. They tell you, "It's only right and fair." Before you
decide, consider the story in 1 Samuel 24. King Saul,
consumed by jealousy, took every opportunity to try
and destroy his God-ordained successor, David.
Driven by a desire to eliminate him, Saul took three
thousand soldiers to find him and kill him. By divine
appointment, Saul stopped to rest in a large cave
where David and his men were hiding. David's men
said, "Now is a perfect opportunity to kill him and
take the throne." Instead. David iust cut off a corner
of Saul's robe and showed it to Saul later as
evidence he had spared the king's life. David's men
probably considered his strategy ludicrous, but
David lived by a different code-God's Word! He told
his men, "Don't kill him. For who can remain
innocent after attacking the Lord's anointed one?"
(1Sa 26:9 NLT). And God hasn't changed His mind.
The Bible says don't take revenge. That's God's
territory-stay out of it! (See Ro 12:17-21.) So what
should you do? Be prepared to act contrary to your
instincts! The Bible says, "If your enemy is hungry,
feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink……overcome evil with good" (Ro 12:20-21 NIV)
Will that change your enemy? Maybe, and maybe
not. But it will change your attitude, and God will
bless you for it.

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