“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8. We are all unique in God’s sight, He loved us before we were even born. He has designed a special path for each one of us to follow. He has given each one of us talents and abilities that are different from anyone else. He knows exactly what is best for us and how we can use those abilities for His honour and glory. He does…

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is how we often quote this scripture. […]

“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself” (Psalm 45:1 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

There are few more difficult disciplines for a human being than learning to abandon our desire to avenge injustice committed against us or those around us. The senseless violence, hurtful comments, or emotional injuries that I or others have suffered is not mine to rectify. The Bible declares that God is the avenger and He is well prepared to defend His children. God will restore what has been lost either in this life or the one to come. Our responsibility is to trust God’s timing, and to bless rather than curse those who despitefully use us.

Prayer: Lord, don’t allow hatred to gain a foothold in my life. I can and will live in victory! Amen.

Devotion by Julie Long