Guest post by the wonderful Kyra H.: writer, and creator of the blog “Potatoes Are Beautiful Too” which you can view here.
In the midst of chaos and destruction, what is one to do? Stand on a fighting side, or just any side, in general, to feel like you belong?
When someone wrongs you, what is your immediate response? I know for me, feelings of revenge are strong. After all, they have wronged you! Justice needs to be dealt!
But… that’s not what the Bible says. And that’s not how Jesus wants us to be.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” – Matthew 5: 38-39
Revenge is not just a theme that is shown in the New Testament. It is shown throughout the whole Bible!
“Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’” -Deuteronomy 32:35
“For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’” -Hebrews 10:30
“You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” – Leviticus 19:18
We should love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s known as the Golden Rule! Treat others how you wish to be treated. But when someone wrongs you, instead of retaliating in revenge, show them the love that Jesus showed those who killed him. The Lord will avenge us all; we shouldn’t seek out justice and try to revenge every wrong that has been dealt to us.
Kindness, love, joy: these are the things we should show others. 1 John 4: 20-21 says “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
Revenge only creates more rage, and anger, and bitter emotions. It’s a vicious cycle that only fuels the Fire of Destruction even more.
There is always an aftermath to a destruction. And sometimes we forget that there is, because we are so caught up in the moment with all of our emotions raging inside of us we don’t think about what will happen as a result of our actions.
The devil wants us divided against each other, but we must show each other the kindness and love that our Heavenly Father has given us to others. Turning on each other will only result in more hurt, more hate, and more of just the opposite of what God wants for us. We are all Children of God. We are all loved.
We are all potatoes.
Much love to m’taters,