A Reflection by Juanita Burgess
We naturally feel inclined to condemn our enemies. But vengeance is ultimately God’s, and we are called to forgive despite our own objections and bitterness toward those who have wronged us. We can find peace knowing that God will always prevail over evil.
Forgive our enemies, you ask? Paul wrote, “Do not let the sun go down on your anger,” “and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26-27). In other words, don’t allow bitterness to occupy space in your heart thereby letting the devil rent room in your heart. He will move in and stink up the place!
Vengeance is God’s. He will repay – whether ultimately on the Day of Judgment or intermediately in this life. God can discipline your abusive boss or spouse. He can bring them to their senses or to their knees. Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it just entrusts it to God. He will hand down the right retribution. The God of justice has the precise prescription and dose.
When it comes to forgiveness, all of us are beginners. Stay the course.