Anger – Vengeance – Scripture

Anger – Vengeance – Scripture

Proverbs 20:22

22 Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

Central Truth

Anger is not sin but can lead to the sin of vengeance/wrath. What does the Scripture say concerning this?

Devotional

Vengeance (repaying evil for evil) is when anger moves to wrath and seeks to please our pride instead of seeking to please God. Vengeance/wrath always says “I will repay evil”. Anger is an emotion and will come, but the Word says “Be angry and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). The Psalmist understood this problem of anger moving to wrath and wrote “Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds and be silent” (Psalm 4:4). Jesus became angry (Mark 3:5) and there are situations where we should follow our Lord and be angry at sin and the dishonoring of Christ. But the Psalmist taught that in such times we should “ponder” and “be silent” or said another way, “wait for the LORD”. Rather than returning a slander and insult with the same we should pause and seek His pleasure rather than the fleshly pleasure of self for the Word says “he will deliver you”. It is why the Psalmist also said, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:1). When righteous anger comes (1) “Be still”, pause, reflect (2) “know that I am God”, He never loses, He is always God in every situation, our trust is in Him not the situation around us (3) “I will be exalted”, rather than seeking the pleasure of the flesh, seek His pleasure, His glory, His exaltation. Consider the following two verses. 

Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you - Proverbs 20:22

Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. - 1 Peter 3:9

Questions To Ponder

  • What does this verse teach us about trying to get even?

  • What will The Lord do on your behalf if you wait for Him in regard to revenge?

  • In what areas of your life will you apply this verse today?

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