God will repay those who hurt you. People who hurt, insult, and sin toward us are an inevitable part of life in our flawed world. Don’t seek revenge after you’ve been wronged; instead, give it all to God. Most people have a predisposition toward sin from the moment they are born; it is only through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ that we get the Spirit’s empowerment to lead a lifestyle that is acceptable in God’s sight.
Many hardships and tests await us here on Earth. We shall experience persecution, anguish, and sadness. We will also experience natural catastrophes, accidents, sicknesses, and losses of all kinds.
It’s important to remember that some individuals will damage us unwittingly, while others will act maliciously and do it on purpose.
There will be moments when our plans fall through and we experience unfairness, disappointment, and frustration. Do not take revenge on your behalf; leave that to the Lord.
Individuals, even members of our communities, will rise against us for no good reason, people will walk away from us, friendships will be severed, and we will encounter people who will mislead us in some manner.
All these things and more are part of the adventure of living on this planet. But no matter what difficulties we face, Jesus Christ gives us hope.
The Greek term chalks, which is translated as a coppersmith, implies a craftsman of metal and may indicate that Alexander’s trade was the creation of idols.
Since “he fiercely resisted” Paul’s teaching (2 Timothy 4:15b), which forbade the production of idols & idol worship (Exodus 20:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10), it stands to reason that Alexander was involved in the idol industry (1 Cor. 10:20-21).
Theology always has a social and economic impact, therefore we need to be aware of it. Alexander’s livelihood and reputation would have been in jeopardy if more people had listened to Paul’s preaching and accepted Jesus as their savior instead of continuing to worship false gods.
Divine retribution refers to the supernatural punishment meted out by a god to an individual, a group, or the whole human race for their transgressions.
It is common for societies to explain the extinction of their ancestors by describing how a deity meted out retribution to them for their sins.
Many civilizations’ stories of a global flood wiping all mankind save for one ‘selected’ individual serve as examples of divine punishment; for example, the Epic of Genesis, the Hindu Vedas, and the Book of Genesis (6:9-8:22).
Utnapishtim is the one in the first case, whereas Noah is the one in the final. It is suggested that one person and his companions were spared in a huge flood by references to a guy named Nuh (Noah) in both the Christian Bible and the Quran.
In Greek mythology, the greek deity Hera would take divine vengeance on the offspring of Zeus’s extramarital encounters with mortal women. Seeing God’s miraculous acts and judgments would make it believe in his Word, as stated in.
According to William Lane Craig, Paul believed that the qualities of God, including his everlasting might and Godhead, are clearly shown in creation, leaving anyone who does not believe in an eternal, omnipotent creator of the universe without justification.
Paul claims they are aware of the existence of God but choose to ignore or deny this fact due to their self-righteousness.
Medusa’s transformation into a monster is attributed to Poseidon’s rape in some mythologies, while her vanity is blamed in others. In most circumstances, heavenly vengeance is said to be “treasured up” for a later time in the Bible.
|Genesis 3:14–24||Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience resulted in a curse and their banishment from the Eden Gardens.|
|Genesis 4:9–15||Cain was cursed when he murdered his brother Abel.|
|Genesis 6–7||Nephilim, rampant wickedness, and the Great Flood|
|Genesis 11:1–9||As a result of the linguistic chaos at the Babel Tower languages were dispersed over the globe.|
|Genesis 19:23–29||Sodom and Gomorrah burning; worthless humans wiped out.|
Allow sincerity to reign in your relationships. Avoid bad things and cling to good. 10- Show each other brotherly love. Show more respect and reverence than everyone else.
Be zealous and not lazy; your service to the Lord requires fervor. Delight in hope, bear with suffering and pray without ceasing.
Take care of the requirements of the Christians and make an effort to exhibit hospitality. Bless some who curse you; do not repay evil with evil. Be happy for those who are happy and sad for those who are sad. Try to get along with one another. Be humble and hang around with regular people.
Instead of returning evil for evil, think about what would be honorable in the eyes of others. 18 If at all possible, as much as is in your power, try to get along with everyone.
My beloved, never take your vengeance, but instead commit it1 to the holy fire, because it is written, “Retribution is mine, I would repay,” declares the Lord. Instead, “if your opponent is hungry, feed him; if he’s thirsty, give him something more to drink.
How the pleas for peace and patience and love and independence from revenge relate to all of those times and circumstances in life when penalty and revenge feel proper is the pressing problem we have not yet addressed in discussing Romans 12.
Let there be true love, it says in verse 9a.
In light of this verse 10a, let us show one other brotherly love.
The Bible instructs, in verse 14, to bless some who persecute you and not to curse them.
Don’t get even with an enemy (Verse 17).
Live in harmony with everyone, as instructed in verse 18b.
Beloved, leave vengeance to God; the Bible says as much in verse 19.
If your opponent is thirsty, offer him a drink, and if he is hungry, nourish him (Proverbs 25:20).
It says to “overcome evil with good” in verse 21b of the Bible.
Christians should take this stance for two fundamental reasons. The fact that it sheds light on God’s character is one of them. In God we trust, for He is kind.
He “causes his sun to rise on the wicked as well as on the righteous, and showers rains on the just as well as on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Neither does he treat us harshly or reward us for our transgressions (Psalm 103:10).
“Have mercy on one another; be compassionate; forgive one other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). By modeling God’s character in our daily actions, we bring glory to God.
The second explanation is that Christians’ desires for vengeance, self-glorification, wealth and earthly stability have been satiated by their faith in God.
God is becoming our inexhaustible of satisfaction, and as a result, we no longer treat our enemies out of a sense of necessity and instability on our part, but rather out of awe and wonder at the grandeur God has bestowed upon us. Scripture Reference: Heb.
“You cheerfully accepted the pillage of your possessions that is, sans vengeance since you possessed a greater possession and a lasting one.”
The knowledge that this earth is not our permanent residence and that Christ is our final and complete reward frees us from the need for vengeance.
the catch is that God is exceedingly merciful. Not only is he fair, but he is also honest. The Lord makes his vengeance known in verse 19: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” There will be consequences for every wrongdoing.
For those who repentance and put their faith in Christ, God’s anger will be satisfied in his suffering; for those who reject him, it will be satisfied in eternal punishment.
Therefore, it is not just because God is kind that we are compelled to repay evil with good. We humbly submit to his righteousness and grace.
As far as I can tell, the response is yes. The Bible demonstrates this, and it is the primary reason I hold this view.
Another reason I hold this view is that the Bible’s depiction of this concept explains why it is not a conflict.
Note: To demonstrate that the attitude of loving our adversary found in Romans 12 is not contradicted by the spirit of just human punishment, I will present five examples from the Bible.
Here we discuss some questions frequently asked by people.
1. Can you trust that God will bring justice to those who wronged you?
My friends, do not take revenge; rather, make place for God’s anger, for the Bible says, “Vengeance is mine, I will recompense” (Romans 12:18-20). Make a place for God’s anger, since He will retaliate. When you realize it is already in His hands, there’s no reason to take matters into your own.
2. When it comes to forgiving your attackers, what does God have to say?
God commands His people to provide mercy to those who have wronged them. Kaci, age 11, states, “Jesus forgave all those people who mocked and injured Him. The crucifixion of Jesus was an injustice that should have been rectified.
3. Does God want to get even with us?
Never return evil for evil or anybody will eventually learn to stop bothering you. It is written: “It is a treasure to take revenge; I will repay,” so my dear friends, do not take revenge; instead, make room for God’s wrath. If your enemy is dehydrated, give him a drink, and if he’s hungry, feed him.
4. What does God do with our shattered lives?
Broken souls generate crops, broken clouds provide rain, the broken grain becomes bread, broken bread provides strength, and God uses broken people to accomplish incredible feats.
5. What causes God to take someone out of your life?
The first is obvious: to carry out God’s will. God’s ultimate goal for us is to spend eternity in his heavenly kingdom with him. When we surrender to God, then are essentially giving him carte blanche to direct every aspect of our existence.
6. To what extent are we obligated by God to provide mercy to those who have wronged us?
If we come clean and ask for forgiveness, God is loyal and just to wash away our sins and make us righteous in his sight. As the Bible puts it, “For I will pardon their wickedness, and I will remember their misdeeds no more.”
7. Can you tell me how to invoke divine wrath?
Pray them out loud and with confidence; they will lead you deeper into the messiness, confusion, and brokenness that is the human condition. When God’s word causes you discomfort, or disagreement, or even makes you feel like you’re doing something wrong, welcome that feeling and go with it.
8. In the Bible, what does it mean when someone “has two faces?”
But let someone ask in confidence, without any uncertainty, for he who questions is like water that is blown and tossed either by the wind. 7 Because he is a man of two minds, prone to erratic behavior in every area of his life, the Lord will not bless him.
9. Do we know what God thinks of those who oppose us?
Luke 6:27. Listeners, however, I say this: Love your opponents, do good to those who dislike you, 28 bless some who curse you, and pray for the people who mistreat you.
10. God seems to favor the weak, but why is that?
That’s why God usually picks the helpless and the modest: they’re the ones who have to lean on God to accomplish their missions.
To demonstrate what God is like in his compassion and how he liberates us from wrath, greed, and fear, God urges us to be merciful. This includes repaying good for evil and serving our adversaries better than they deserve. To show the world what God resembles in his injustice, and how he liberates us to perform justice without a vicious attitude, God also commands us to preserve justice as members of the Sweet lord institutions to which we belong.