“Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:20-21, New King James Version). It is so easy to read the Bible and zip right past a golden nugget without realizing it. Or, if something is puzzling, we just keep reading rather than taking time to investigate its meaning. Perhaps we should pause and reflect rather than speed on by. Steps to Handling Relationships When reading the above…

“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