July 18, 2015 – Pay Back Time

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“When the root is bitterness, imagine what the fruit might be.” –Woodrow Kroll

     God said vengeance was His and that He would repay, but this promise wasn’t given to us so we could spitefully sit around and hope for the worst on our enemies. God will never punish the wicked for our entertainment. The consolation in this promise is that we don’t have to carry the burden of retribution.

I’m reminded of a man I knew who was a drunk and a brawler. When he got saved and gave his life completely to God, his wife left him and moved in with another man, on the same road his new-found church was on. This new Christian’s wife wound up marrying that other man, and from all accounts they lived happily married right there on his drive to church, until they died decades later.

If this Christian had decided to throw in the towel and sit down until God straightened this situation out, he would have been waiting for a very long time and would have likely lost a great deal of faith. The long-suffering of God is the greatest blessing you and I daily benefit from, but that same exact long-suffering will be a great annoyance to us as we watch it extended to our enemies, if bitterness is given a place to take root in our hearts.

Daily Reading: Proverbs 16-18

Submitted by Zack Whitsel
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