Knowing the Lord has your back
Text: Romans 12:19
Oh I love this verse. It’s comforting but sad at the same time. It’s sad because in order for there to be vengeance there must have been a wrong that ensued. We’ve all been wronged haven’t we ladies? We’ve been wronged by spouses, ex-spouses, baby daddy’s, friends, teachers, family, church members?
We’ve all been hurt haven’t we? We’ve all been stabbed in the back by a close friend that just leaves us speechless, overwhelmed with that tight feeling in your chest because you just don’t know what to do!
This is where our verse today comes in. Vengeance is defined as “retribution exacted for a wrong”. I don’t think it’s talking about the hurried driver that cut us off in traffic, but a wrong that is egregious enough to break fellowship among believers. Perhaps a false rumor was spread, or broken confidence, a cold shoulder after a disagreement, the disagreement itself! We’ve become a society of wearing our hearts on our sleeves and getting very hurt and offended over the stupidest little things. However, there are sometimes in which our offended reaction is justified. And there’s nothing wrong with being angry if it’s a righteous anger. What’s righteous anger? Being angry without sin; being angry at the action and not necessarily with the person.
The verse can come to us and wrap around us like the Father’s arms, if we let it. We don’t have to worry about acting the right kind of upset. We don’t have to worry about retribution or payback. All we have to worry about is being sinless before the Lord and trusting that the Lord will take care of those who wrong us, even if we don’t see it happen.