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Justice Will Be Served

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled. 

(Matthew 5:6 NKJV)

Do you hate the injustices of this world?  Do you long for the day when those who lie, cheat, steal, kill and destroy will be repaid for their evil?  Do you long for the day when those who have been victimized will be recompensed?

Unlike this world’s “Lady Justice,” God does not turn a blind eye on evil.  He has heard your cries for justice, and mine.  Though He seems slow to answer, He sees the evil that is in this world…

Just as He saw the more than six million Jews, who were killed in the holocaust, He sees every Christian, who has been and who will be persecuted, since Christ’s crucifixion, and unless they repent, the perpetrators will pay for their crimes.  Just as the blood of Abel cried out to Him, when his brother Cain murdered him, God has seen every murder and every crime victim since that time, and their blood, too, cries out to Him (Genesis 4:1-15 NKJV)

Beloved, in our hunger and thirst for righteousness, let us not give way to sin.  Though injustice seems to rule in this world for now, let us do as the Lord commands…

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

(Micah 6:8 NKJV)

We can’t change the behavior of others, but we, who hunger and thirst for righteousness must never allow our righteous indignation to turn into evil.  Let us walk humbly and justly, and let us be merciful, even to those who have shown us no mercy.  Let Christ be our example.  Do you remember what He said as He hung between two thieves on the cross, while soldiers gambled for His clothes?

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with Him.33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed Him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on His right and one on His left.  

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for His clothes by throwing dice.

(Luke 23:32-34 NLT)

If Jesus, in the midst of enduring every injustice, still found mercy to forgive those, who were yet sinning against Him, can we be excused for doing any less?  This walk of faith is not an easy one, and there is so much injustice all around us, yet we are called to live by a different standard than the rest of the world.  We are not called to be vigilantes.  Instead, we are commanded to wait on the Lord, and let Him take vengeance or show mercy, according to His will…

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

(Romans 12:14-21 NKJV)

Beloved, do you hunger and thirst for righteousness?  God knows.  Cast your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.  There is coming a day, when God will judge the earth, and woe to those who have refused to repent for their sins against Him and against you and the rest of humanity.  Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness and justice?  Then you are blessed, and Jesus made a promise to each of us who have that same hunger and thirst…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.

(Matthew 5:6 NKJV)

© 2019
Cheryl A. Showers

Writing the Wrongs

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“Here is your FWF prompt… I found this quote yesterday and posted it to my Facebook page. I liked the snarky feel of it and so did a lot of others. So I thought it would make for a great prompt! Here is your opportunity to vent. A chance for you to ‘write the wrongs’. Share a time that you have felt wronged or treated unfairly, either by way of a situation or another person.”

When I saw this week’s prompt, I felt a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I think it would take me days and days to write all of the wrongs in my life. I could write several books about those wrongs — maybe even several volumes. Shoot — I could probably write a library of the wrongs in my life!

But what would that accomplish? If I write the wrongs in my life, would it right the wrongs? I don’t think so. 

If I write the wrongs in my life, would it help anyone? Would it make anyone else feel better? Would it make anyone happy? Would it change the course of history? Probably not.

If I write the wrongs in my life, will the ones who wronged me be sorry? Will they even know I’m talking about them if I don’t use their names? Will they even remember wronging me? Maybe, but then again, maybe not.

If I write the wrongs in my life, will it bring me joy? By writing the wrongs in my life and thereby hurting the wrongdoers, will it bring them or me peace? By writing the wrongs in my life, am I seeking vengeance? By writing the wrongs in my life, do I become like those who wronged me?

I wasted many years of my life living and reliving the wrongful, hurtful things that were done to me throughout my life, and do you know what it got me? Pain… and more pain.

You see, the more you dwell on the wrongs that have been done to you, the more you become entangled in them. When your focus is on your pain, every movement you make causes more pain, and each time you relive that pain, the wound is ripped open again, so that it never has a chance to heal… and as that wound continues to fester within you, it becomes infected, and that infection then begins to spread into other areas of your life, infecting them as well. Before you know it, other relationships become contaminated, and you are unable to fully trust and fully love… 

Beloved, I don’t want to be tormented by the wrongs that have been done to me. Therefore, I choose to right the wrongs in my life…

  • I choose to forgive those who have hurt me…
  • I choose to love my enemies and bless those who curse me…
  • I choose to turn the other cheek…
  • I choose to think about the good things in life, rather than the wrongs…

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,   whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,  whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if  anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

~ Philippians 4:8 NASB ~

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – Blessed Are The Merciful

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NASB)

Mercy – compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence…

What a powerful scripture! “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NASB). What is Jesus saying here? Blessed is the person who is compassionate and kind toward someone who has offended him/her. Jesus was so radical! Blessed is the person who is patient with his/her offender. Blessed is the person who refrains from lashing out at his/her offender, who refrains from taking revenge on his/her offender. Blessed is the person who tolerates his/her offender.

Wow! This goes against the grain of all that the world teaches us… I have to treat my enemy with compassion and pity… Mercy is benevolence – not only do I refrain from taking revenge, I must also show that person kindness! Brothers and sisters, do you want the Lord to give you mercy? Then you must give those who have harmed you mercy.

Jesus makes it clear – you wanna be blessed? You wanna receive mercy? Then you have to give it away first. Sometimes His math just doesn’t make any sense to us. I have to give if I want to get…

And what about justice? I don’t know about any of you, but my heart (which is desperately wicked, by the way) cries out for justice! Why should I show mercy to the very ones who have wounded me? Shouldn’t they get what they deserve? 

And then I hear the Lord speak to me… “Do you want justice or vengeance?”

“Well aren’t they the same?” I question. Silence… OK – so I’ll look the definition up…

Vengeance – infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person…

Justice – the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness; the administering of deserved punishment or reward.

Hmmm… “Can I have both?” I ask only half-jokingly. Silence again… So He wants me to figure this out, and the truth is that I already know what I want. You see, I’ve been really horribly hurt – damaged by someone who was supposed to love me and protect me, and my flesh wants vengeance. My flesh wants that person to hurt at least as badly as I was hurt. My flesh wants that person to beg me for mercy…

“Did I make you beg Me for mercy?” I hear a voice speak to me. “Should I show you mercy or do you want justice? Or perhaps you would rather I seek vengeance against you?”

When I think about my life and all of the people I’ve hurt, whether wittingly or unwittingly, I shudder. When I think of the times in my life when I purposely rejected Jesus and went my own way, I feel a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I think about the justice I deserve or the vengeance I could receive, I am ashamed.

But still, I have to be honest with the Lord (I might as well be – He knows it all anyway!). “Lord, I don’t know how to me merciful, because my heart is cold… my heart has been broken… I can’t do it on my own. Will You help me?”

I don’t hear His voice this time, but I sense His presence, as He wraps His loving arms around me, cradling me as I cry, releasing all of the pain that’s been bottled up for so many years… And when every last tear is spent, something miraculous happens. I’m not hurt or angry anymore. As I feel Holy Spirit’s power coursing through my veins, I feel joy and peace. Even more amazing, the hatred and bitterness are gone, and I feel love for my perpetrator.

Now, I am able to show him not only mercy, but grace… “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7 NASB)… Thank You Lord!

© 2012

Cheryl A. Showers