“Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19).

Whatever be the situation, you should never resort to revenging. “Vengeance is mine,” says the Lord. So, you have to leave it to God.

"An eye for an eye" and "a tooth for a tooth" was the retaliating law which was in force during the age of the Old Testament. That was the law of that age. But, during the age of the New Testament, this law took a turn and the law of love came into effect. According to the law of love, if a person slaps on the cheek one cannot retort by slapping back but he has to show the other cheek also to get slapped again. This is what Jesus has said. Jesus taught us to bless and pray for those who spitefully use you.

When a brother was at his young age, a person killed his parents. Only when he attained the youth stage, he came to know who had killed his parents. He was desparate to take revenge on the person who had made him an orphan and also who deprived him of parental love. But he was intercepted by the love of Calvary. After that, when he met the killer of his parents no harsh words came out of him but instead he spoke words of love. It is the love of Calvary which inspired him to do that.

The Scripture says, “Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work” (Proverbs 24:29). “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:39, 40, 44).

In the Old Testament, Jezebel was so particular to take revenge on Elijah (I Kings 19:2). King Ahab was so particular to take revenge on Micaiah (I Kings 22:27). Haman was so particular to take revenge on Mordecai. (Esther 3:6). But all their missions ended pathetically. Dear children of God, the sense of revenging will spoil your tranquillity and peace of mind. When the blood of Calvary falls on your bitter stricken heart, it will remove all the bitterness and bring in the presence of God.

To meditate:- “not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing” (I Peter 3:9).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai