“I have not wronged you,
but you are doing me wrong
by waging war against me.
Let the Lord, the Judge,
decide the dispute this day.”
JUDGES 11:27 (NIV)
Have you noticed? Relationships are complicated! And adversity only complicates them more. Often the pain of strained relationships is more difficult than the physical pain of our suffering.
What do you do after you’ve done everything you can to patch things up – and hostility still radiates from the other party? You’ve forgiven, asked forgiveness for your actions, tried to talk it out, prayed for reconciliation and acted with integrity and in love … but all you get in return is animosity, false accusation and slander. What do you do?
You heed the wise words of Judge Jepthah: “Let the Lord, the Judge, decide the dispute.” You leave the dispute with God and continue to show the love of Christ. Scripture acknowledges that we are to do all we can do within our sphere of responsibility. Having done those things, we can leave all matters in His hands – including our anxieties.
Do all you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends, never take revenge.
Leave that to the righteous anger of God.
For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
Says the Lord.
ROMANS 12:18-19 (NLT)
On the journey with you,