Avenge not

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath;

for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay & requite says the Lord.

But if your enemy is hungry, feed him;

if he is thirsty, give him drink;

for by so doing you will heap burning coals on their head.

Do not let yourself be overcome by evil,

but overcome & master evil with good.

Romans 12:19-21 | AMP

Vengeance is God’s prerogative.

When we take revenge into our hands
We pierce ourselves through with many sorrows
We will discover at last that vengeance is a bitter fruit.

When God avenges a wrong
He does so with perfect equity & justice,
God never reacts in in retaliation

Retaliation is what characterizes our schemes of vengeance.

Bill MacDonald notes:

We must resist the tendency to avenge wrongs that are done to us.

The expression give place to wrath may means

to allow God to take care of it for you,
so we submit passively in a spirit of nonresistance.

We stand back & let the wrath of God take care of it.

Since Vengeance is God’s prerogative.
We should not interfere with what is His right.
He will repay at the proper time & in the proper manner.

Lenski writes:

God has long ago settled the whole matter about exacting justice from wrongdoers.

Not one of them will escape.

Perfect justice will be done in every case & will be done perfectly.

If any of us interfered, it would be the height of presumption.

Wisdom says:

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs Prov. 10:12

A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult Prov. 12:16

Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright Prov. 14:9

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger Prov. 15:1

He who covers over an offense promotes love,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends Prov. 17:9

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out Prov. 17:14

An angry person stirs up dissension Prov. 29:22

So we reach after tolerance & leave the injustice in God’s hands

We rejoice with those who rejoice
We weep with those who weep

A sorrow shared is

But half a trouble.

A joy that’s shared is

A joy made double.

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