Someone once wisely said, “Revenge is sweet – so say fools!” Yet today’s
attached devotional shows a wise way to get revenge. “Impossible” you
say? Let the devotional show you how. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Romans 12:19-21 (ESV)
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[a] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“I was preaching in Louisville, Mississippi, and on the Monday morning…I went to visit a friend of mine, a Baptist deacon whose daughter has married a PCA minister. He runs a furniture shop in the middle of town; I went to the store and talked with him there. There is not much going on in a little Mississippi town on a Monday morning and as we could relax and fellowship he told me how the previous week he had met this black Christian brother and they were talking together in the main street. Then up to them strutted a horrible white racist. He stopped and listened to their conversation for a while and then he turned to the black man and muttered something utterly unacceptable, world quite unspeakable such as I have never heard in all the time I have spent in Mississippi. My friend was shocked, and he turned to this blaggard and said heatedly, ‘You shouldn’t say a thing like that. You should be ashamed of yourself. You apologize to him for saying that.’ The racist said, ‘You won’t find me apologizing to a black epithet’, and off he strutted. My friend was so apologetic, he wanted to apologize for the whole white race and for this evil especially, the ugliness of what he had just seen and heard. ‘I am so sorry,’ he said continually. ‘It is alright’, the black Christian said. It really is alright.’ Then he added, ‘You know, I would like to get my revenge on that man, and this would be my revenge. I would be driving back to Louisville late one night about eleven o’clock, and I would see his car at the side of the road. He had a flat tire, and he did not have a jack, and I would stop my care and I would get out my jack and I would jack up his car and I would change his tire for him. That would be the revenge I’d like to have on him.’” [Geoffrey Thomas, “Nonconformist Preaching,” Which Church? How to identify a biblical church, edited by Robert Strivens, (Faverdale North Industrial Estate, Darlington, England, Evangelical Press, 2007), p. 83-84]