Words of Hope: Letting Go of Vengeance
God is always surprising me. Several years ago, a man trained up by us at NBC took all our training, investment, and information and tried to run camps without us. All of us, especially me, were angry at this betrayal. I hate disunity. How could he do this to our team?
My friend knows how that story stayed with me and frustrated me. He told me recently that he met a person who attended an NBC Basketball program back when it was led by this man who who later betray our trust. The person said she was so grateful to NBC for the opportunity to become a Christian. It has made all the difference in her life.
Instantly I felt joy. God can use all circumstances, painful, frustrating, even betrayal for His good.
I felt release to trust that God is working out what should happen in that man’s life. It is not my work to correct him or pray down God’s vengeance but to trust that good can happen as we turn our eyes to Jesus.
Bitterness is a toxic emotion that poisons all it touches. There is freedom and peace in living with a spirit of generosity and forgiveness.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 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. – Romans 12:17-21