I’ll Get You For This!

Proverbs 20:22

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. (NIV)

Growing up, my siblings and I frequently were at odds over things. One of us would do something to one of the others that was down right mean, usually over something trivial. The usual response from whichever of us was wronged?

“I’ll get you for this!”

And we tried.

The usual result was the same, too: two or all three of us would be in trouble with mom and dad!

Forgive Your Brother

The Apostle Peter once asked Jesus, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?” (Matthew 18:21)

Jesus’ response was and is revolutionary. He told Peter, “Not only seven times, but seventy times seven!”

In other words, you need to forgive those who wrong you as many times as they wrong you!

One of two things will happen as you forgive:

  1. God deals with them personally, whether through consequences or at the Final Judgment.
  2. They seek to understand your forgiveness and turn to God!

Another way to think about is that you can live in sin by responding to their sin, and in effect kill both of your souls; or you follow God’s will and potentially save both of your souls and bring glory to God!

Gracious Lord, thank You that You did not respond to our evil with evil, instead using our evil to redeem us and forgive us. Give us the strength to forgive those who have wronged us, as You forgave us.

About Daniel M. Klem

I am a product of the '80's (meaning I was born in that decade) and married to the most beautiful woman I know since 2009 (beautiful in appearance and as a woman of God). I graduated in the spring of 2013 from Grand Canyon University with a Christian Leadership major, and now I am a student at Phoenix Seminary. Also, most importantly, Jesus saved me ... and you. View all posts by Daniel M. Klem

2 responses to “I’ll Get You For This!

  • backthewaywecame

    I recently posted on Facebook, some difficulties I was having with a church whose music is so loud at their various mid-week meetings (apart from Sundays) that I was beginning to feel ill (their building is 28 paces from the chalet I am renting.) I knew I had to forgive them. But I also knew I could not move elsewhere as I had already paid for the month of June through to 7 July. I was reminded of Leviticus 19:17, “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but shall surely rebuke your neighbour, and not bear sin because of him. In Matthew 18:15 also encourages us to go to our brother if he sins against you, and tell him his fault. I didn’t want to hate my neighbours, so I followed through on the latter scripture. In the verse and exhortation you shared above, clearly vengeance is out of the question, no matter how “sweet” it may be in the short term. The Lord knows how to sort things out. But if there is a way to resolve the issue, no matter how difficult it may be, let us approach our fellow Christian so that we may “find” one another.

    • Daniel M. Klem

      It certainly does not hurt to take it up with them, but one of the toughest lessons for a Christian to learn is trusting God to handle OTHER CHRISTIANS! We know it is tough, because Paul and Barnabas had a huge fight that separated them for years!

      Keep trusting and learning!

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