Davidisms: Revenge Versus Justice
We live in a broken world with broken, hurting people. And hurt people hurt people. Being hurt by others is a guaranteed part of the human experience.
Jesus was hurt by others time and time again. Yet, he never sought revenge. Instead, he prayed for his enemies. His attackers. His abusers.
And Jesus forgave them. Again, he never sought revenge.
The King of kings and Lord of lords put revenge in the hands of his Father. As should we (Romans 12:19). Revenge is God’s business. Not ours. God does vengeance better than we do. Only he knows all the facts and can be trusted to do what is right.
But it’s important to note that justice is different from revenge. When you’ve been treated unjustly, follow the example of the widow and persistently pray to the one just Judge - God - to deliver justice (Luke 18:1-8).
Then, give it to God. Meaning, you give up your right to make your abuser suffer the way you have suffered. Instead, you wait for God to do it in his way. And walk away with peace in your heart.
God oversees all vengeance and justice. Leave both to him.
God will answer. For he is a just God.