Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 19, 2018

Revenge

Filed under: anger,God,grace,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:40 pm

1 Samuel 25:26 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.  (NIV)

Human, sinful nature wants to get even (revenge) when others do us harm.  This is a normal, sinful characteristic of our nature, our desire to put self first.  Reading all of 1 Samuel 25 we find David had protected the family and workers of Nabal.  When David needed Nabal’s help, Nabal responded with hate for David.  This made David mad and he wanted, as most of us would, to get even with Nabal; to pay him back for his antagonism and for turn his back on David when David had been so good to him.  Nabal had a very intelligent wife. It seems she was stepping in on behalf of Nabal but actually she was protecting her household and also protecting David from further problems.  It comes down to trusting God to punish those who have done wrong.  We are not to judge others. Jesus demonstrated this on the cross when He called out, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”  When others do us harm we are to pray for them; we are to lift them up before God’s throne of grace that He will work within them and bring them humbly before His throne.  This doesn’t mean people why have done wrong against the laws of the land go without consequences.  Living out the consequences of our behavior is separate from the forgiveness of God and others.  We live out the consequences of our decisions in the state of forgiveness from God (and others) as we learn to change our choices.  God took Nabal out of the picture while the rest of Nabal’s family were free from bearing the consequences of Nabal’s self-centered choices.  Let us learn to respond in love and forgiveness when others offend us.  Let us love them into the Kingdom of God.

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