Dangers Involved In Revenge: Reasons Why You Must Never Retaliate


Anger is a letter short of danger. Danger and anger are closely connected and they very much work together. Wrath is then a senior officer to anger; more fierce and violent. The Scriptures is right to reveal that the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.

Anytime you are wronged, the tendency is high that you will want to take your pound of flesh from the wrongdoer(s) to prove a point. However, dangers are involved in taking the law into your hands.

Let us examine a few of them.

Reasons why Christians must never retaliate

1. You will lock horns with your Maker, God.

How? Revenge amounts to an attempt to usurp God's exclusive right and responsibility. It means you want to take over God's assignment from Him. The Scriptures reveal:
"Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand;
and their doom comes swiftly."
Deuteronomy 32:35 (Revised Standard Version.)

These are words from your Maker. He knows His tasks and will never fail to perform them. Do you think He will cuddle you for snatching His duties from Him? Instead, you will magnetise His anger. So eschew revenge.

2. Negligence of duties.

This is very clear and understandable. If you do another person's work, your own assignments will suffer. This is settled. What are your duties when you are wronged? Let me mention two of them.

a). Forgive.
You need to do everything to forgive the wrongdoer. It is understandable that sometimes it may seem very difficult to do but this is what is expected of you by your Creator. Should you disappoint Him? God forbid! If you forgive your wrongdoer, you have already provided yourself a bridge that you will pass through one day, whether in this life or in the life hereafter. A part of the Lord's prayer reads:
"And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors."
(Matthew 6:12)

How often should you do this? Jesus counsels thus:
"Seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:22)
Go and do this. Or do you want to forfeit all the benefits attached to this?

b). Trust God.
It is also your duty to trust in the Lord your God to take appropriate steps at the right time, place and form. He never fails. So trusting in Him to take vengeance on those who have done you wrong is your duty. Therefore, go and do it.

3. You will miss the rewards attached to performing your task.

Each commandment of the Lord has its benefits. Great benefits indeed; do not lose them. No work, no pay. This is a simple principle. Anyone who fails to carry out his work has no rewards.

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security." Psalm 37:3. (Revised Standard Version.)
Trust in the Lord to plead your cause.

4. You can be guilty of blood.

In your attempt to take your pound of flesh, you may shed innocent blood. Those who are very close to the wrongdoer may lose their lives in the process. Not only this, the wrongdoer may not be guilty of death but in wrath, you may kill him ending in "killing for wounding". Read more in-depth about this topic here: Killing for Wounding.

Even if he is guilty of death, you should not take the law into your hand. David almost made this mistake. His complaint was:
"Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow (Nabal) hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good." I Samuel 25:21 (King James Version.)

Do you know that there is a divine provision for those who reward evil for good? Proverbs 17:13 reveals:
"Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house."

This divine provision should satisfy you, I think.

The Lord sent Abigail, the wife of the evil doer, to restrain David from shedding blood. Innocent blood would have been destroyed with the offender because the plan of David was to kill every man in Nabal's household. Read I Samuel 25:22-26.

5. Perpetual grief.

Do you know that in an attempt to revenge, you may sow a seed of everlasting sorrow that anytime you remember it, grief will grip your heart? Is there any need for you to bear grief forever?

Abigail warned David,
"And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;
That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself :.."
I Samuel 25-30-31.

As a result of the dangers mentioned above, do not engage in any revenge. Perform your task(s) and you will have peace and be rewarded now and in eternity.

Stay blessed and rapturable because the Lord is coming soon.

By Olawale Ogunsola. He is the set man of CTFM(WORLD OUTREACH) and Presiding Pastor of Christ Restland Gospel Church. He is a Poet and author of many books. You may want to visit his blogsites at www.4thlink.wordpress.com and www.peacelink.wordpress.com for more quality contents.

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