The Christian's Revenge
Posted: Sunday, October 18
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Verse of the day:
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. (Proverbs 25:21)
We often hear people talk about “getting even with their enemies" but the Christian way goes well beyond just “getting even”, it describes an appropriate, powerful and effective response to the so-called haters in our lives. Remember that our greatest, most beloved leaders had enemies. The Apostle Paul had many; some were Jews; some were pagans; and tragically, some were professing Christians who were leaders in some of the churches he established. Regarding enemies, Jesus said to His disciples: “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20b) The bottom line is this: Christians may have enemies but they should never be an enemy!
So what are we to do? How do we deal with enemies? The world says, “Do unto others as they do unto you” or even “before they do unto you.” But as followers of Jesus we are reminded that we are children of grace and that forgiveness, not retaliation, is to be a guiding principle in our relationships.
Though this “way” is not our natural response, it is both admirable and effective. And even more than that our godly response is rewarded: 1) We are rewarded with a clear conscience before God, 2) We are rewarded with greater respect from those around us and 3) We are guaranteed a heavenly reward (Mt. 5:12). And lastly, it honors God because it leaves judgment in His hands (Ro. 12:19).
So who seems to be out for you? Don’t be an enemy. Instead, honor God by taking revenge on the true enemy: evil. “Be not overcome by evil. But overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).