Today’s devotion is based on Romans 12:19-21. “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. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
As Christians, we know that God’s Word prohibits us from taking revenge on someone. That is why the part of the verses above, “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” is so welcome to our ears. For, after all, God is telling us that by our doing good on those who have harmed them, we are getting our revenge toward them.
Of course, even though it makes sense to us, it is not what God means here. The saying, “In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” is an old saying in Paul’s time that means our doing good toward them changes them in such a way that their mind and actions toward us are changed to good toward us. We, thus, have no reason to get revenge on them
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, you know how I instinctively will desire revenge on those who have hurt me in some way. Help me through your Word to realize that is not your desire for me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen