DayBreaks for 2/12/14 – The Skeleton at the Feast
Romans 12:17-18 (NLT) Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” What does that mean? Simply this: vengeance is more satisfying when exacted in cold blood.
Who among us has not at some time or another longed for, if not actively sought, revenge on another? It seems to be part of the human malady caused by sin. We are hurt – and we want to hurt back. We are injured and we want to injure in return. Quid pro quo as the Romans would have said.
We know, deep inside of us, that it should not be this way. We know, somewhere down in the bottom of our hearts, that revenge isn’t right, but oh, how we long for it when the wound is raw!!!!
But, revenge is not all it is cracked up to be. It carries its own poison. Consider these words from Frederick Beuchner: Of the 7 deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back–in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.
Let’s be done with revenge. Let’s live honorably!
PRAYER: Lord, if we are angry with others today, keep us from striking out and seeking revenge! May we, as you did on the cross, pray for those who pound nails and mock us. May we live honorably, as you did! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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