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There was a man who was bitten by a wild dog. It looked as if he may die of rabies, so the doctor told him to consider planning out his will. He took his phone out and began to type out a note. Minutes passed and he was still feverishly typing. Finally the doctor said, “That is surely a long will you’re making.” He replied, “Doctor, who cares about a will I am making a list of all the people I’m going to bite!”
Why do we have the desire to hurt others when we are hurting? Some call it karma, others call it payback, but in the end, does it really make us feel better?
You may or may not be familiar with the story of David in the Bible. He was the boy who killed the giant, Goliath. He became a hero and very popular among the people of Israel. He became so well liked that King Saul began to feel threatened by Him. The King was so insecure that he used his influence to put a price on David’s head to be killed. David knew this and ran away.
Later David had the perfect opportunity for revenge, but would he take it?
Taking Revenge Is A Decision We Make That Brings Consequences: 1 Samuel 26:7-9)
7 So David and Abishai went right into Saul’s camp and found him asleep, with his spear stuck in the ground beside his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying asleep around him. 8 “God has surely handed your enemy over to you this time!” Abishai whispered to David. “Let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t need to strike twice!” 9 “No!” David said. “Don’t kill him. For who can remain innocent after attacking the Lord’s anointed one?
David could have killed the king right there but He feared God more than the threat to His life. Revenge calls you and I to lose control. We think with our emotions and fears, rather than an objective look at the hurting we are causing someone else. Getting revenge does not make what was done to us right, it just makes us wrong, too.
Leave The Revenge To God (1 Samuel 26:10-11)
10 Surely the Lord will strike Saul down someday, or he will die of old age or in battle. 11 The Lord forbid that I should kill the one he has anointed! But take his spear and that jug of water beside his head, and then let’s get out of here!”
It was God that caused the men to fall asleep and gave David the idea to take the king's spear and water.
If we give God our bitterness, anger, rage and desire for revenge, He will take that burden off of us. He will also, in time, take care of the situation, without you having to compromise yourself.
We must remain loyal to God over seeking revenge for ourselves. In the Bible you see King Saul was not loyal to David, but David was loyal to God, and God was loyal to David.
If you read the rest of David's story, you will find that God definitely dealt with King Saul and the actions he took against David. He also honored David for his choice to not take revenge into his own hands.
HUMAN REVENGE HURTS US, STAYING LOYAL TO GOD SAVES US AND ALLOWS GOD TO DEAL WITH OTHERS.
So if we are not to take revenge, how are we to respond?
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Can you imagine your life and this world if forgiveness was offered more than revenge. The truth is you can change the world but it begins with you.
I am excited to announce that over time, I have invited some guests to post on this page. These are people that have influenced me over the years. Would you please welcome to the page Fire Chief David Burnette of Broadway FIre Department. David has been in the fire service for 27 years with 15 of those as Chief of Broadway FD of Anderson County. Take a moment and read David’s story in his own words.
I am a Christian. Have I always been? Well, I am, but at times, I’ve had my doubts. This is why. I was saved and baptized at a very early age. I’ll never forget that feeling I had sitting in my big sister’s bedroom, asking Jesus to come into my heart. Even that early in life I felt as if a burden had been removed from me. Little did I know what that burden was until later in life. You know, the burden of life itself.
Jesus has always been with me, even during the times that I wasn’t with him. I grew up in a good ol’ Baptist Mill Hill Church. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve met some amazing people through this church. Then, I grew up. Life kicked in. For a while I tried to keep up and attend church, but I just wasn’t winning the battle with myself. I had a job that had me working a lot of weekends and I begin to feel that the Sundays that I didn’t have to work were my days to rest. Even when I did make it to church, I wasn’t there for the right reason. This went on for a couple of years. Then one day, God woke me up.
The job that was providing such a wonderful life was gone! I was devastated and couldn’t imagine what to do. I did what I was taught in my youth. I turned to God for guidance. Again, I was going through the motions, because this is what I was taught to do. Then, I was awakened again. Divorce hit me out of the blue. This time, I listened. I found a great church that was different from what I was used to. It was a little out of my Mill Hill church background. There’s nothing wrong with that church and it is still full of some awesome people. I just needed something to grab my attention. And boy did it ever. It was a culture shock.
The music, the attire, the time, and several other little things. I was used to dressing up, getting to Sunday school at 10 and preaching at 11, ending at 12 on the dot. We sang hymns from a book. Not now. Up tempo modern music, starting at 10 and ending somewhere between 11:00 and 12 (most of the time). I love it. Since that time God has shown me many things and has even given me back some things that were missing in my life. I’ve gone back to school and earned another Associates degree in hopes of finding another good job to help make life a little smoother. Also, I still can’t believe it, he sent this awesome woman to come into my life.
God is good. Relationships are better when God is in the middle of it. I see now that some things in my past, two of which are mentioned above, just didn’t have God in the middle of them. Heck, He wasn’t even invited. I thank Him for humbling me and showing me that. I had to be broken to be fixed. Now, I’m not the perfect Christian and I know it, but I’m trying. I’m not the best Christian, but is there a such of a thing? Was the late great Billy Graham a better Christian than I am? No, not in God’s eyes. He was better at it, but we’re both convinced in the FACT
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and died on the cross to forgive us for all our sins. That is what counts. If you are going through some things and have hit the wall like I did, take a look around. It might just be God trying to wake you up.
I’ve been in the position to save a life many times, sometimes I did and sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be. However, that wasn’t really saving anything. I was just preventing someone from going home because God wasn’t finished with them yet. If you feel yourself needing to be saved from your current life, give me a call. I can’t save you, but I know a guy that can. His name is Jesus. He can put you in touch with his Dad and save your eternal life!!! Please don’t wait to
long. Time is running out. God is sending His Son back soon to get the rest of His children and bring them home. You don’t want to miss out on that!! Every day is closer to that day!! I’m looking forward to it, and I hope to see you there.
Thank you David for sharing your story with us. You truly live what you say! We all look forward to more content from you!