The Bible Edge
Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
If the “dearly beloved” of God would learn this lesson. If they would only take advantage of this edge that the Bible gives them. There would be so much less angst, trouble, and sorrow. Dear child of God, dearly beloved, you do not have to avenge yourselves. Give place to your wrath, meaning to let it go, and know this, the Lord will avenge, He will repay. He said so.
Where? Deuteronomy 32:41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. Upon reading this someone may say, “That promise is speaking about the Lord rendering vengeance upon those that hate Him, meaning His enemies.” True, but those who wrongly treat His dearly beloved, His children, are doing such to Him.
Proof? Remember Saul. This was a man who was authorized to arrest, torture, and even put to death those who believed in Christ. This man was zealous in his hatred toward “Christians” and tried to stamp them out by every possible means. Then, one day, on the road to Damascus, this man Saul had a personal interlude with Jesus Christ. During which time the Lord asked: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (Acts 9:4). Saul was not persecuting the Lord Himself, for He was in Heaven, Saul was persecuting the believers in the Lord (or so he thought). Long story short, Saul received by faith Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior who, in due time changed this man’s name to Paul. You may remember Him; He wrote more books in the New Testament than anyone else. Saul was persecuting the Lord by persecuting His people.
Jesus spoke of this clearly in Matthew 25:40 stating: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then in verse 45 He stated further: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Whether the act toward a child of God is good or bad, it is performed not only to that person, but to the Lord. Those who do good will be rewarded likewise, those who do evil will be rewarded likewise. The time, place, and nature of these rewards are solely in the purview of the Lord’s infinite wisdom and justice. The type of reward is conditional but the promise to reward is not. By the way, not all rewards from the Lord are always good, but they are always just!
All that said, let this be added. Use the Bible Edge contained in today’s verse. Give place to wrath and let the Lord deal with it. He will, for that is one of His unconditional promises…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.