Vengeance Not So Sweet

by Stan Mitchell
“Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you,” (Proverbs 20:22, ESV).
Gang members had beaten Craig’s car with baseball bats. They had also left his teenage son bleeding and bruised. He seethed with anger as he watched the doctors operate on his boy.
Then Craig made a mistake. He went home, unlocked his gun cabinet, and returned to the scene of the crime. He shot two boys who were wearing gang apparel. Now, Craig faced trial for murder. His lawyer warned that he might face life imprisonment … or worse.
What is the difference between justice and revenge?
These days society’s right to execute has become a bitter debate. Whatever your thoughts on the subject, remember this: when someone wrongs you, or your family, whatever justice society offers, there is another judge, sitting in the universe’s Supreme Court who will ensure that righteousness will take place.
One day the wrongs will be made right, the rights vindicated. “Vengeance is mine,” the Lord has said, “I will repay” (Romans 12:19).
And in that court there will be no release from technicalities, no mistrials, and no mistakes. The Lord will do the right thing.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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