31 Days of Proverbs: Day 24

“Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.”
Proverbs 24:17 (NLT)

I have often heard people say, “I’ll let God deal with that person” or “God said vengeance is His!” I’ve even said these phrases myself, in hopes that God would really¬†take care of that person that caused me pain or made me angry. Eventually, I began to realize how God treated me when I made a mistake or hurt someone else.

God wasn’t harsh with me or unforgiving. Instead, He showed me mercy. He didn’t punish me, but disciplined me. He truly dealt with my heart, which can sometimes be a painful or uncomfortable process. But remember, all of God’s decisions concerning you are made out of His love for you. He has vowed to forgive you for every single thing you have ever done. Can you extend that same grace to others? Instead of thinking bad thoughts about your enemies, pray for them. And watch God transform your heart when you do.

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”
Matthew 5:44 (KJV)

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