Avoid Retaliation

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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 10:1-11:23, Colossians 3:18-4:18, Psalm 78:56-72, Proverbs 24:28-29

Daily Verse: “Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.” Prov. 24:29

Avoid retaliation.

God doesn’t want us to get vengeance against those who offend us.

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21

When someone hurts me, I want to strike back. My natural self-defense mechanism kicks into action, and I must restrain myself from saying what comes to mind. On those occasions when I fail, I do a lot of damage.

Not retaliating, allowing the Lord time to work, and praying for your enemies will improve results. The Lord knows exactly what to do for all parties concerned, leading to growth and a closer relationship with Him.

Enemies become friends when you let the Lord lead the way.

Lord, forgive us for retaliating against our offenses. Please give us the strength to refrain from getting vengeance, giving You time to work on the situation. Help us become more like Jesus with each day that passes. IJNIP. Amen

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