If you have made it this far in life, chances are that you have been hurt before. Although sometimes that hurt comes unintentionally, there are times where it’s intended to cause damage. No one likes to be hurt, but it’s an inevitable part of living. As believers in Christ, how do we respond?

Admittedly, this is a struggle for m. Although we may not always act on our emotions, the heart’s natural desire is to want to avenge ourselves. However, God calls us to respond very differently in the face of pain. Romans 12 is absolutely filled with information as to how we should respond to pain.

Romans 12:14 states “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.”, and Romans 12:17 continues this by stating “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.”

Romans 19 finishes this sentiment by stating “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay’, says the Lord.”

In our times of hurt, we are instructed to take heart in the word of the Lord, remembering that we serve a God who sees us, our pain, and our struggles when we have been hurt or treated unfairly. We must leave vengeance to the Lord because he is righteous and we are not. Vengeance simply does not belong to us. Trust Christ and allow him to fight for you.

Sequaisa McPherson, Database Administrator