“Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.” (Proverbs 20:22)
My dear friend, God has a command and a promise in store for you today. He says that if you will be patient with people, He Himself will deliver you. God cannot work when we take things in our own hands. Only when we let go, God can work on behalf of us. God expects us to forgive the people who wrong us. God says, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). We will receive God’s forgiveness only if we forgive others. God is so patient with us. So He wants us to be patient with others. He wants us to treat others the way we would like to be treated. He says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). If we remember how gracious God has been to us we would automatically be good to others.
Sometimes what others do to us might harm us or hurt us. It might be something that needs to be judged. Even in such cases God says that we have to wait for God’s judgement and not take the matter into our own hands. The Bible teaches us that, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9). Paul says, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12:14). God places a high standard for us to follow. He wants us to bless those who wrong us unlike the worldly people.
Yet we can always find comfort in God for He is a just God. He is a Judge. He will repay each man according to what He does. He says, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). God will reward us for our patience and repay those who wrong us. For He says that, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Yes, God will surely take a revenge on people who are continuing in their unjust ways. When we keep quiet God will take action on them. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:6). All we need to do is to bear patiently with one another and show love to the hurting. God will surely touch them through our love and deliver us from the harm they cause us. He knows whether to repay or to forgive them so that they change. So let us leave everything in His hands, be patient and forgive everyone.
Thank You for this promise to take care of the people who wrong me. Help me to be patient like You and forgiving like You. Let people see Your love through me and transform them through me. I forgive everyone who has hurt me and I give them into Your hands. Lead me into Your peace.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.