Refrain From Retaliation by Pastor W.F Kumuyi




TEXT: ROMANS 12:17-21

MEMORY VERSE: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (ROMANS 12:19).

After a long shift at the fire department, Matt Swatzell fell asleep while driving and crashed into another vehicle, taking the life of a pregnant mother, June Fitzgerald, and injuring her 19-month-old daughter. Fitzgerald’s husband, a full-time pastor, forgave the driver without insisting that the man be punished for reckless driving, as reported in Readers Digest Magazine.

Sometimes, it is difficult to forgive an offence. But the truth is, it is more difficult and dangerous to harbour a grudge or malice. Yes, we forgive not only for the offender’s sake, but for our own good. Forgiveness frees us to live in peace with our neighbours and allows us to move on without anger or desire for revenge. It brings us to good mental, physical and social health. It clears the cobweb so that we can see the good again.

Above all, forgiveness is the right thing to do because God commands it. Indeed, you may one day need to be forgiven. Remember the immortal words of Alexander Pope: “To err is human; to forgive is divine.” Be a true child of God.

QUOTE: To forgive is divine.

CHALLENGE: It is more difficult to harbour a grudge.

PRAYER: Lord, I forgive those who trespass against me.

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