God's Payback System
In fair and just societies the law is part of God’s justice system. When we are wronged and angry, we are encouraged to turn to the law. However, personal revenge violates God’s system.
God is the ultimate judge and when we seek revenge, we usurp God. As we focus on our own hurt it can separate us from God and stand in the way of what God wants to do in our life - and also in the life of those who have hurt us.
Taking revenge will never undo the harm that someone has done to us. God promises to make things right and by surrendering to God we let him handle the situation. But we need to do two difficult things; wait and trust.
Ultimately God wants us to bring our anger to Him, to a place of understanding and acceptance where we can surrender our burden to Him and begin the process of forgiving. Only God can work deep in the spirit, He can go where we cannot go - including in the hearts of those who have wronged us.
Ask yourself, ‘what would it feel like if you could let it go’? Pride can hold us back, but releasing your pride is the beginning of freedom.
How do we do this?
There are many scriptures about revenge-
Everyone is broken, somehow, somewhere and if you can, it is better to keep the relationship than to always be right. Some things matter at the time, but they don’t always matter at the end, and there’s a huge amount of freedom when you decide to take nothing personally.
Pray that God will bring about justice, pray that He will intervene in the situation.
Pray for those who have hurt you, that God will show them the right path.
Treat them as if you love them, with kindness. It’s totally disarming and goes against the world’s way – but it is God’s way.
All this is impossible to do without God’s help, but it will change them and change you, and when our heart is freed, it will bring about healing.
‘A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.’