Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. - Romans 12:19
You modeled this word from the Holy Spirit perfectly. In grace you kept going back to get your wayward disciples without rejecting them. From the cross you forgave those murdering you. But me? I stumble and struggle. A big part of me wants to see all bullies fall into grave trouble. The pain they cause magnifies my sense of justice. I naturally want them to pay for their wrongs. But your love and redemption is sublimely more powerful, putting justice back in its cage. Fill me with your supernatural love so completely that I forgive those who have hurt or ignored me. Make me not wish any negative experience on them. But instead, help me seek to bless their lives in creative ways. I am yours. Change me into the peaceful, redemptive person that you are.
Christ forgave everyone living with him when he walked the earth. Now, through us, he wants to forgive everyone living today.
Additional Readings: Lev 19:18, Proverbs 20:22, Proverbs 24:29, Deut. 32:35, Genesis 50:15-21, 1 Samuel 26:5-11.