Give place…step back

Ezekiel 25:12-

Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” 13 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14 I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord GOD.

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Vengeance is mine says the Lord.

“…Romans 12:19  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but [rather] give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance [is] Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord….”

This passage certainly paints a picture for us of how emphatically he means that.  It also serves to point us to the continuing principle that our focus should at all times be fixed upon the Lord.  Placing all our trust and faith in him will eliminate our desire to do vengeance on our own.  Instead it brings us to a place of forgiveness and allows us to see the other in a more accurate manner.  We step back and let the Lord deal with whatever.

“…give place to wrath;…”

Let the Holy Spirit open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to truer, clearer vision of those around us and in our lives.  May we learn to love and forgive as he has, and not seek vengeance and damages for we are not judge, he is.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

4 thoughts on “Give place…step back

  1. You know Gracie, I have always looked at the Lords” vengeance as His justice. In doing so, I have always felt God’s justice is “just.” To me the “vengeance of man” is just that “vengeance.” It is mean, cruel and the most slef-serving thing we do. There is no “just” in it at all! Good post and God Bless, SR

  2. I like that! Seeing His vengeance as just. He is the only one with authority to judge. I agree that often mankind’s vengeance is done with more emotion than called for and agree it is often self-serving. Like that. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you.

  3. I have quoted this verse so many times over the years to my boys. When they were particularly annoyed at an injustice I would remind them that God said ” I will repay.” I hoped this would cause a sober concern to possibly pray for their “enemies”. I know how hard it can be to do just that…
    ~ Wendy

  4. Hard to pray for enemies….so true! It takes the heart of Christ and that within us to do so. I’m so grateful for this possibility for there surely will come a time when we are in need of it.

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