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Vengeance Is Not Ours

Our actions affect others, sometimes for generations. As we see from the swordplay in 2 Samuel 2, what began as thoughtless entertainment for Joab (the leader of David’s army) and Abner (the leader of Saul’s army) ended with the two armies fighting each other.

Even though Abner’s army was defeated, Joab’s brother wouldn’t let it go. He went after Abner and gave Abner no choice but to kill him. This resulted in a long war between the followers of Saul and David. And when Joab learned Abner would become commander-in-chief of David’s army, he was enraged and wanted revenge. He set a trap and killed Abner.

Jesus tells us to show others the same amount of forgiveness we’ve received from Him.  Considering that Jesus died to cover our sin, there should be no wrong we can’t forgive.

People will hurt us, but it is God’s job, not ours, to repay the wicked for their wicked deeds. Trust Him. Not seeking revenge and forgiving those who wrong us strengthens our walk with the Lord. And wouldn’t you rather your walk with God be what affects your family and future generations?

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