Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Theme: THE GOLDEN RULE

Text: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:18.

Comment: The Holy Scriptures teach us to live peacefully with one another.  There are some today who instead of calling the attention of the person who offended them – for he may not be aware of it –  they nurse it in their hearts and seek opportunity to avenge the perceived wrong.  This is not the standard laid down in the Holy Scriptures.  When one is offended, it is expected that the attention of the person who caused the offence be called so that he/she may be aware, repent and beg for forgiveness.  The Bible warns against revenge.  There are some today who find it difficult to forgive.  They keep a diary of all the wrongs done to them with the intent to revenge when the opportunity avails itself.  True Christians should not have such ungodly conduct.  Apostle Paul advises us thus in the book of Romans 12:17-21: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord.  Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

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