Weekly Devotions 

RETRIBUTION

 

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written.  ‘VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,’ SAYS THE Lord”                                                       

                                                                                                            Romans 12:19

 

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

                                                                                                              Romans 12:2 

 

The definition of retribution is: “Punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.”

 

As I look at these verses about retribution, I am reminded of the times that I wronged someone or someone wronged me.  I have two choices to make..I can allow someone to keep on causing harm and pain to me and react with vengeance or I can cause them harm and pain as well as try to get back at them.  What does this type of behavior create?  It creates an unhealthy relationship in which God is obviously not the focus.  On the other hand, I have the choice to go to the one that has caused the harm and pain or the one I have wronged and discuss the situation.  It is my choice to tell them that I will forgive them for hurting me or to ask them for forgiveness if I am the one that created the problem.  It is never my job to repay evil with evil.  It is my job to show kindness and ask God to work in their heart as well as mine.  Is there someone who has hurt you or someone you have hurt?  If so, please go to that person and work it out.

 

Vena R.Hill