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Is it okay for a Christian to seek revenge?

Discussion in 'Discipleship: Following Jesus' started by Love &Forgiveness, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Love &Forgiveness

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    Is it okay for a Christian to seek revenge?
     
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  4. HTacianas

    HTacianas Well-Known Member

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    In a word, no. "Do not repay evil with evil".

    Imagine that you hated someone for something they did to you but then you made it to heaven only to find them there also. Eternity is a long time to hold a grudge.
     
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  5. Sketcher

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    Nope.
     
  6. TuxAme

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    Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult- return a blessing instead. This you have been called to do, that you may receive a blessing as your inheritance.
     
  7. Blood Bought 1953

    Blood Bought 1953 Ned Flander’s Buddy

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    God speaking—— “ I “ will repay. “ Vengance is MINE”
     
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  8. TuxAme

    TuxAme Quis ut Deus? Supporter

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    That's another thing I was thinking about. Vengeance is the Lord's.
     
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  10. Phoebe Ann

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    However, prison isn't a wrong solution for dangerous criminals.
     
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  12. Dave-W

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    Revenge? No. There is an old saying that revenge is sweet; and that is why God reserves it to Himself.

    Now Justice is not the same as revenge, and that can, and in most cases SHOULD, be pursued. If someone has done a violent crime, they should face the charges on that. Even if it only serves to keep them from harming someone else.
     
  13. Sam81

    Sam81 God has heard

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    Pray for God to bless that person at your own expense. And then pray that you not be blessed or credited for making this prayer. Your reward is that the person who harmed you is blessed. If you only pray such things to curry a reward from God but not out of genuine concern and love for that other person, where is the good in that? We should seek God's favor be holy as Christ is holy. Even on the cross he prayed out of love and concern for those who put Him there - He did not do this for His own benefit. The Father being pleased and His enemies being forgiven was Christ's reward.
     
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    Only if your revenge is like as Jesus describes in Matthew 5:41
    If someone forces you to walk a mile, walk two miles.
    If the devil comes against you; pay him back with fasting and prayers.

    Fighting back is okay as long as you do it in the Jesus way.
    It will make you grow.

    The devil's way of fighting back will only take you to Hell.
     
  15. Sal Robinson

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    revenge stirs anger as though we are the judge, when God is judge, revenge also makes us ignorant of grace,

    there was a man who killed Christians, if Christians got revenge on him they would have kill Saint Paul who ended up spreading Christianity throughout most of the known world at the time.


    grace changes people.....revenge doesn't
     
  16. blackribbon

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    Prison isn't "revenge". It is punishment for crimes committed. The punishment isn't random but known and established before the crime is committed.
     
  17. Phoebe Ann

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    I agree. Vengeance belongs to God; He will repay.
     
  18. RDKirk

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    Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you. -- Proverbs 20

    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. -- Romans 12

    Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. -- 1 Peter 3

    See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. - 1 Thessalonians

    Direct, explicit instruction from multiple witnesses. No room for debate.
     
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