‘Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall.’ Proverbs 24:17 NLT
In life, you’ll make foes as well as friends. It can’t be avoided; it just comes with the territory. The issue isn’t will you make enemies, the issue is how will you treat them? Our friends bring out the best in us, and oh, how our foes bring out the worst in us! But if you are a follower of Christ, there are three things you can’t do: resent your enemies, retaliate against them, or rejoice when they seem to get their comeuppance. The Bible says: ‘Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble. For the Lord will be displeased with you and will turn His anger away from them. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.’ (Proverbs 24:17–20 NLT) Don’t allow bitterness and resentment to destroy you. It’s better to take your medicine now than to agonise later. Never wish ill on your enemy. Leave revenge to God. Revenge is God’s business, not ours. You may know what the person did to you, but God alone knows why they did it. Paul put the matter succinctly yet firmly when he said: ‘Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to… God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.’ (Romans 12:17–19 NLT) Has someone hurt you? Forgive them!
SoulFood: Josh 5:1–8:29, Mark 9:14–29, Ps 103:13–22, Prov 23:1–3
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