An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Pay Back

(Pro 20:22 KJV)  Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

The idea of not paying back evil goes along with the other verses that say to leave vengeance to the Lord. Here is one of the places,

(Rom 12:19 KJV)  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Paying back evil and vengeance would tend to be the same thing.  That is not, however, the same thing as seeking justice.  Vengeance is rooted in anger when we do it.  It is a personal vendetta and not an attitude of forgiveness.  Justice is rooted in God’s principles and standards.  In our courts we seek justice.  

Vengeance is also different than punishment or paying retribution.

So?  Our default setting is forgiveness not payback.  Make that a matter of serious prayer.

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