Revenge and Forgiveness – Revenge is a short-term hate tactic, never a solution to any problem. It is the polar opposite of forgiveness. It solves nothing, creates more discord, possibly widening any chasm that might otherwise be bridged by extending grace. Yet, we see this occurring somewhere in the world nearly everyday, don’t we?
“All who see me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.”
~ Psalm 22:7
In this reading, we are reminded of Jesus’ mockery as a part of the suffering inflicted upon Him, by: Judas, chief priests and scribes, Herod, Pilate and his guards. Horrid indignities, treated as worthless and despicable, ridiculed, taunted, blamed for things He never did — all this was even before he was crucified!
For some, it seems being treated lower than low just because they’re breathing air is where folks are placed by other members of society, groups, families.
Maybe it was a misstep no one will ever forgive… or because they’re so different no one knows what to do with them… or there is outright jealousy that spews out like fiery flames in hateful words. Perhaps it was nothing at all the object of vitriol did except be in the wrong place at the right time, to be transformed into a convenient scapegoat for those who wish to insult or spread lies, gossip or innuendo.
For some, blaming and venting on others is so much easier than loving. Loving naturally allows a vulnerable spot in the heart open to hurt that some people seem unwilling to risk. Unfortunately, they don’t realize they’re limiting the possibility of deep joys and full life they could otherwise enjoy. They don’t know what they’re missing!
When we experience treatment like this, loving back more is the always best answer, difficult as that may seem to be. In today’s reading, “loving beyond measure” is illustrated by Jesus, who underwent horrific torture — that most would agree even today was extreme — and then dying on the cross, Jesus paid ahead forgiveness of the sins committed by anyone willing to believe in Him
An inclusive offer extended freely, and for all.
In my studies of Scripture, I am reminded of the importance of forgiveness in all matters. Even if you can’t express it directly to the person [for reasons of personal safety, they are deceased, etc], it is still possible. It’s important. It’s love. Even if the person you want to forgive seems to desire to remain imprisoned in their unforgiving world, you don’t have to remain there. You have the key. That key is Love.
This reminds me of something Lisa Terkheurst shared at SheSpeaks: “I’d rather err by loving too much.” I embrace that beautiful thought… hope you will, too.
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