“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.”” (Romans 12:19)
In October 2011, the United States dedicated a memorial to that great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. It was King who once said, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
Dr. King spoke this way because he was a Christian, steeped in the love of Jesus Christ. He, our Lord, did not raise His voice against those who betrayed, arrested, and crucified Him. To the contrary, He prayed for their forgiveness. That mercy changed the world.
Does our nation listen today? How the calls for revenge do rage. Retaliation, just desserts, self-satisfaction—these cries riddle our public square. There’s only one lasting solution, the remedy that satisfies every soul, silences tyrants, and calms nations: the cross of Jesus, where five wounds and an ocean depth of mercy swallowed anger and proclaimed for peace. Raise that cross, and raise that voice, Christians; forgive, as you have been forgiven.
LET US PRAY: Lord, You bid the whole world to come to You and rest. Grant Your rest to every injured heart, and breathe Your Spirit of reconciliation into every community divided by accusation, that through the path of repentance and forgiveness Your world would know the peace that transcends understanding. Amen
Pastor Steven K. Gjerde