GRACE & MERCY!
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth, But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil:" Mathew 5:38,39a
IN JESUS TODAY!
In our day it might be said a bit differently, sayings such as, "PAYBACKS ARE AN ISSUE!!!" have the same meaning though, they are all about vengeance and rendering payback or evil unto someone that has done wrong. In these cases the person who desires payback is taking the law into their own hands and have decided that the best way to solve and issue is revenge! This revenge never accomplishes anything good and some people just don't care about that!
So the question then becomes, How far can this go? Can it ever be enough to satisfy? Friend this is why Jesus came, this is why his grace is so powerful! Because enacting the law with revenge at heart cannot heal, it cannot bring justice, and it just can't fix the heart and the pain that someone might feel. Jesus knows this, and for this cause he tells us to take a different course of action when wrong occurs to us.
The only true healing and true justice is not by revenge, here we read,
"An eye for an eye" and in Exodus even more, as it is written,
"Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe." Exodus 24:24, 25
See here, this revenge can go on and on without end, never being enough to satisfy the hurting heart of the offended. So now, where the law is weak and insufficient to satisfy, Jesus takes over in order to heal the heart of the victim and to offer grace and forgiveness to the offender, so that neither party will turn to stone.
Where the law stops, mercy and grace begin, without mercy and grace the heart fails, it hardens and becomes stony, restricting the proper blood flow throughout the arteries that delivers blood to the necessary areas of the body, as it is written,
"His heart is as firm as a stone; yea as hard as a piece of Nether stone." Job 41:24
Without grace and mercy the heart becomes stony and eventually dies! Revenge is not the way, as we read,
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” Mathew 5:39
“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:4
We only hurt ourselves if we seek to hurt another as payback for what we feel they have done to us. Justice is better served when we are happy within ourselves for overcoming evil with good!
SHOW LOVE BY FORGIVING OTHERS! SHOW THEM GRACE AND MERCY, AND DO NOT SEEK REVENGE!
GOD IS ALWAYS WORKING FOR OUR GOOD!
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