I have heard folks quote a portion of scripture that says, “…Vengeance is mine, I will Repay, says the Lord…” (Romans 12:18). Another scripture frequently quoted, “you will reap what you sow…” (Galatians 6:7). Hmm! Why are believers of Christ as well as unbelievers quick to utter these words?
My thoughts; is it because you want revenge? But do you know what you are saying and what God thinks of you whether you are a believer or non-believer?
Many folks speak these words to accommodate their sheltered psyche as a means to satisfy their inner turmoil, dislikes, hatreds, and/or desires and wishes against another person. But who was Paul talking to in these passages of scriptures?
Paul was speaking to the Christians. He was admonishing the believers to dedicate themselves to God, and “not to be worried or become discouraged in doing good.” Note: I said believers… one who not only believes in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, but believers who have become a new creature in Christ; the old sinful ways of living are no longer in view, because a new life has taken precedents.
A man that sow’s good reaps good and a man sow’s sin reaps sin.
Paul indicated that the believer allows a spiritual transformation to take place, a renewing of the spiritual mind, and the believer takes on Godly values and a Godly ethical attitude, not thinking highly of self, putting self in a position to look down on other believers. But the believers are to admonish and utilize the gifts within the body of Christ to edify the believers. There is no need to worry about those who persecute the believers, whether it is other believers or non-believers. Paul says, “If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath and His judicial righteousness…” (Romans 12:18).
The non-believer “does not accept the teachings and revelations of the spirit of God, therefore, the non-believer is “unqualified to judge spiritual matters,” or speak the matters of God’s word. The non-believers utter these words in a notion, and as a cliches that makes them feel validated whether they are the culprit, wrong or right. In some instances its wishful thinking on the believer as well as the unbeliever.
My thought: “think” before wishing vengeance on another person, because you don’t want to “reap what you are sowing.”