From Yearning For Vengeance To Forgiveness

Helen Thomas By Helen Thomas, 27th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Vengeance belongs to God. He will repay. It is not wise for us to allow our emotions to deceive us into fighting against our own best interests.

Vengeance Belongs To The Lord

Vengeance is defined in Webster's Dictionary as. Infliction of punishment in return for a wrong committed.

The Great 19th Century American evangelist and publisher, D. L. Moody is quoted as having said: The voice of sin may be loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.

In the 10th Chapter of the New Testament Book Of Hebrews, we find these words:

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”


So ~ we must not let our emotions ~ trick us into fighting against ourselves. Self control was imparted to us at the New Birth. It's up to us to cultivate and nurture it.

How Often Do We Have To Forgive

Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

nor give place to the devil.


One time Peter came to Jesus and asked, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Jesus told him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

Why Forgive So Many Times

According to the 2nd Chapter of the New Testament Book 2 Corinthians, we do it so that
Satan will not be able to take advantage of us.

We are not ignorant of his devices.

We Reap What We Sow

Life is not fair ~~ but God is just and ~ we simply reap whatever we sow. So if we want to reap compassion, we have to sow compassion.

In the 6th Chapter of the New Testament Book of Galatians, we find a principle that works in all nations:


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

The person who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.



The key is we must remain patient. These principles do not work overnight. It's a process. That's why we are admonished: Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

He lets us know that it is after we've done the will of God, we may receive the promise:

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
31st Oct 2013 (#)

Forgiveness is so releasing for all parties .....
Thank you for sharing this Helen
God bless you with love and peace today .
Stella ><

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author avatar Helen Thomas
31st Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks ~ I receive that blessing. It is so very true ~ Stella ~ that forgiveness seemingly does more for the one who has been wronged than for the offender. Thank you for sharing your comments. Abundant blessings to you.

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author avatar Retired
1st Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you for this great article on forgiveness. Learning how to forgive brings so much freedom. Be blessed.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
2nd Nov 2013 (#)

Yes ~ forgiveness absolutely does bring freedom Jackalyn Ann. For years I refused to forgive people. So thankful the Lord taught me how to be free of that. Thanks for sharing your kind comments. Blessings!

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