Does Jesus Take Vengeance? Should Christians Take Vengeance?
by Lori Van Dien
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Many Christians believe it is fine to pray for God to take vengeance on people who hurt or offend us. These are immature in the beloved, not knowing the nature of God. If you do that, then you have not forgiven from your heart, which is a prerequisite to God forgiving you.
Do you really love the Lord? Do you know if you love at all?
If we say we love God who we can’t see, then we must love those we can see. Otherwise, the Scriptures say we are not born of God.
These are some strong words from our loving brother John, who listened to Jesus’ heartbeat:
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abides in death. Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:14-15).
If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also (1 John 4: 20-21).
How do we love? Well, Jesus is our example. If we say we are Christians, then we should be emulating Christ in our daily lifestyle.
Many believe that in the end, Jesus will judge those who crucified him. If that were true, then why did He intercede for them?
Jesus endured cruel mocking, whipping, torture, violence against His royal body to the point that even His face was unrecognizable.
While hanging agonizing in his flesh-torn state, He said, “Father, Forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” At this moment, shouldn’t He be concerned about His own dire situation?
Jesus Christ actually interceded to protect those who murdered and cruelly mocked Him.
Because He will take vengeance on the evil spirits behind the activities against His Royal Highness, the people were used of satan and his fallen demonic angels.
Instead of a crown of thorns, God has crowned Him with many crowns. Instead of cruel mocking, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. For eternity, the saved shall praise him for their redemption. A great gulf fixed, yet we will see the smoke rise up forever as a reminder from what He saved us. I believe the angels who praise Him now, marvel at the redeemed on earth, when they open up their hearts to praise. The angels are not saved. They just praise Him for who He is, but we praise Him for what He is to us! A Savior.
Listen, if you don’t know what you were saved from, you may never give thanks appropriately. But beloved, I believe you will understand when you get there and see the world under judgment. Those who reject cast out and those who loved until it hurt, in spite of rejection, pain and heartache, being ushered in with the angels rejoicing. And God Himself saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
This is a love walk and time is short. Let us take seriously God’s word to the Laodiceans (Revelation 3:14-22). You can say, “That isn’t me,” but someone has to fulfill that Scripture. Our life should be a constant revelation of God’s love, whether it is toward our family, a stranger or friends. Love is a sacrifice.
We are not to take vengeance on people; a strong spiritually aware Christian will take vengeance on the evil spirits using the person who blindly carries out hurt. Pray for them. Love them. This is the very first thing Jesus taught, Matthew 5, pray for those who hate you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you.
It may be true that one does not learn true love, until they have suffered rejection, as Christ, and come forth with forgiveness and grace, and not bitterness, resentment and anger.
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).
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