Scripture reading: Luke 17:1–4
Key verse: Romans 12:19
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
The two friends argued and then went their separate ways without reconciling their differences. That evening neither could sleep. The Bible instructs us to settle our differences before we part: “ ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:26–27).
There are obvious reasons why God wants you to solve a disagreement quickly. For one, when you bring the right kind of closure to a hurtful matter, you free yourself and the other person emotionally and spiritually. Those who refuse to extend forgiveness are the losers. Nothing soothes a guilt-worn conscience like the forgiveness and love of God.
When we forgive others, we do what Jesus did for us. We also align our lives with His standard of obedience. Forgiveness is not always easy, but it is essential to emotional and physical health. God promises to deal personally with those who have harmed us (Rom. 12:19). However, many people refuse to wait on Him. They want vengeance, and they want it now.
If this is your attitude, ask God to remind you of how your life looked to Him before He saved you. Whether six or sixty, every one of us deserved death. Yet through the work of His wondrous grace and forgiveness, we were given eternal life.
I deserved death, Lord, but You forgave me and gave me life. Now give me the ability to extend Your love and forgiveness to others.