Romans 12:17-19 (CEB)
17Don’t pay back anyone for their evil actions with evil actions, but show respect for what everyone else believes is good.
18If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people. 19Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord.
There is a story of two farmers who were neighbors. The first was a sheep farmer. The other raised wheat and had a couple of kids and a dog. The dog was allowed to run loose and would often run into the other farmer’s fields and scare his sheep.
This made the sheep farmer angry. He didn’t know what to do. The thought crossed his mind to either shoot the dog or poison it. But then he came up with another idea.
The next time baby lambs were born, he gave one to each of the other farmer’s children. They were thrilled! But their little lambs were afraid of the dog. So, to protect their beloved new pets, their father started keeping the dog on a leash. No more could it run into the other farmer’s fields.
Because the sheep farmer had pursued kindness rather than vengeance, the two men became good friends and lived with one another in peace.
Are you struggling with a situation that might cause you to seek revenge? Instead, how can you pursue kindness? Take the situation to God in prayer, asking for the wisdom to do what is right.
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