VENGEANCE AND FORGIVENESS

Topic: VENGEANCE AND FORGIVENESS

Preacher: Sybil "Sweetmama" Woodall

Deuteronomy 32:35; "To me belongeth  vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste."
The Father is speaking on behalf of vindicating His people. He will avenge those who follow Him. 

Romans 12:19-20;
19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: but it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD.
20. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head."
You must have maturity in the Lord to feed your enemy and forgive them. It is beneficial to you to be forgiving.

Galatians 5:19-21;
19. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

As you can see, vengeance is included in this list of works of the flesh. We need less of the flesh and more of the Spirit. You must never worry how others perceive you. God's perception of you is the only perception that matters.  Never avenge yourself. Vengeance is a work of the flesh and not of God. Give it to God. He is in control. When you are insulted, persecuted, or reviled by someone, they are in reality rejecting God, because He dwells and abides within you. You must pray for your enemies. Receive and remember that you are a child of the Most High God. You can then dismiss the thought of vengeance from your mind.

Mark 11:25; "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."Forgive others and God will in turn forgive you.  Don't hold grudges. They rob you of your energy, give you stress and gives the enemy a chance to attack you and it also wastes time that would be better spent praying for the situation and the person. When you say, " Lord have mercy upon them now," you are praying for your enemy. Praise God for the Holy Spirit who gives you the strength to forgive and not to seek vengeance. Remember what was done to Christ and what He said even while His life blood was pouring from His wounded side: "Father forgive them, they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34). That is true love and forgiveness. Jesus was dying on the Cross, and He still pleaded for the Heavenly Father to forgive the them for what they did to Him.
                Glory Hallelujah!!

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