REPAYING EVIL WITH EVIL
Posted: Thursday, October 12
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Verse of the Day:
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
It’s one thing to say don’t take revenge, it’s a completely different scenario when you’re poised with a tragic event that shakes you’re entire life. My wife recently told me about a woman who’s car was rear ended by a box truck. She was going 50 mph and the truck was going 70. Everything in the back car was pushed forward - the trunk replaced the back seat, the back seat was crunched to the front seat. The woman was ok, but I wondered about my family in that scenario. If that was us, my daughter sitting in the back seat would have been killed. Even though I know to not repay evil with evil, how would I react in that situation?
When tragedy comes upon us, when we’re faced with a tremendous emotional response, will you remember that God’s command is to not repay evil with evil? I’ve had recent conversations with some of the nicest, most wonderful people you could ever meet who genuinely struggled when evil crept into their life and turned it upside down. Can you blame them? Can you blame people effected by the Las Vegas shooter wanting to get pay back? Evil deserves to be dealt with.
Evil rarely gives any warning that it’s about to bring terror to your life. That’s why it’s so important to have a guarded and determined mind and heart ahead of time. Vengeance is mine says the Lord. Repaying evil for evil will never bring the peace and wholeness that we crave in those moments of loss and hardship. God says time and again in Scripture that He is our vindicator. If we can ingrain in our hearts and minds now that God will take care of those who do wrong, we will have a solid foundation when it all comes apart. Do not repay evil with evil, but even to those who bring you the most hurt, do good. That is the Author of life’s guideline to live.