“Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Romans 12:19 b
I’m sure you have heard these words, or may even have said them: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me.” I remember shouting those words to some kids who were making fun of me on the playground. I use to come home and tell my mother about it and she would repeat those very words to me. I understand now that she wanted me to rise above their meanness and see the truth that I had worth.
But the truth is, words do matter, they do hurt, and they do leave an unseen scar on our soul. So what are we to do? Once words are said, there is not taking them back. They are like arrows streaking through the air aimed at a target and they always seem to hit the bullseye. Again, what can we do?
Well, first of all, do not be the one shooting the arrow. Second of all, if you are the target, remember who you are—more importantly, whose you are. The most important answer is prayer. Launch into prayer as a ship is launched into the sea. With diligence and determination that this voyage you are on is guided and directed by the Captain. And, He will make sure you will get to your destination safely, maybe not without some scratches or bruises, but He will bring you safely home.
You see, God is the Judge. He has said, “Vengeance is mine!” You do not need to waste your energy on retaliating, only pray that those who do not seem to know better, will gain some wisdom through your loving responses. Stephen (Acts 7:60) in the midst of being stoned to death by a crowd of angry, misled people, cried out to the Lord, “Do not charge them with this sin!” Just as Jesus cried from the cross (Luke 23:34) “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing!” Can we—who believe—do any less?
Let us pray: Father, give me words that sow peace and dispel anger.
In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN
Further study–Matthew 5:44 Luke 6:27/23:34 Acts 7:60 Romans 12:20
I Cor. 4:12-13 I Peter 2:23