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BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH (Bible 39) : Romans 12:19 ‘Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.’
Bullies will be found in all relationships in our lives, be they family, friends, colleagues, supervisors or employers, teachers, sports, but, even though they will gang up on you in life, our GOD is mighty and he will rise up for his people who are persecuted in life. The first thing to remember is that we are told in Romans 12:19 ‘Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord’.
Jesus was so forgiving, that we are told in Romans 12:18-19 “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 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.” Clearly the bible is teaching us, never to seek revenge upon those who bully and persecute us in life.
We are actually told in Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
We should always remember that Jesus had no sin in his life but he came to earth so that we may be saved and given everlasting life by taking all our sin and when he was nailed on the cross and dying he called out “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”.
Therefore as the bible teaches us in Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” then , if you are being bullied, at home, school, work, sports or other setting, don’t seek vengeance upon those who persecute you, but instead , pray for them and ask God to bless them.
When you hold a forgiving spirit and pray for your enemies and those who bully and persecute you, to be forgiven for what they are doing to you, you are showing Jesus’s love as he did this while in pain, nailed to the cross and dying at the hands of the murderers who killed him.
Always be confident under the most difficult and seemingly impossible challenges and remember in life, no matter how difficult things are, Psalm 138:7 says “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”
The reality in life is that, from a Christian Perspective, as stated in the bible in Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”Clearly the bible tells us they are not in control or aware of what they are doing.
No matter how bad, things get to be in life, always remember Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
Therefore be kind to your persecuters, the bullies in life as in Romans 12:20-21 “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Burning coals is not actual coals or violence but actually letting your persecuter’s and bullies conscience work on them by being kind rather being evil to them. Sibusiso Ngwenya