Vengeance Belongs to God

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9 NASB)

God calls us to be peacemakers. That means we’re supposed to be busy building bridges of love. It is necessary, however, to understand that peace can’t be made known without making Jesus known, which means peace should never be sought at the cost of compromising the truth. Being a peacemaker isn’t about putting up with sin, but about leading people to Jesus. And since God hates sin, we must do our part to speak out against it.

But many have the wrong idea of how to deal with sin. They seek to avenge themselves when they’ve been wronged, and encourage others to do the same. Thus, they live by the sword. Yet, it was made clear by God that vengeance belongs to Him (see Deuteronomy 32:35). Why aren’t these people listening to God?

The world is filled with many offensive things. But anger isn’t the solution to our problems. Love is the answer. When embraced, it awakens people to the reality of their condition, and compels them to change their sinful ways. Call sin by its rightful name, but be sure to leave a door open for Christ to come in and do His work. Be firm in your stance against injustice; but be merciful, also. Be a peacemaker.

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