What does God say about revenge?

Merriam-Webster defines “revenge” as: “to avenge (oneself or another) usually by retaliating in kind or degree.” Are we ever pure enough to punish another person this way? What does God say about returning evil for evil? 1 Thes 5:15, “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” God asks us to love even those who curse us and hate us, Matt 5:38-44, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy

What does God say about bullying?

Merriam-Webster defines bullying as: “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc.” Why would any of us choose to be abusive? Is this an outward demonstration of our own fear, lack of self-worth, and/or misunderstanding of those we willingly bully? In our society, bullying usually begins with some form of verbal abuse. Merriam-Webster defines abuse as: “language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily.” Most of the bullying I have witnessed, either personally or through a news outlet, includes anger and the appearance of hatred, 1 Jn 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer ha

What does God say about courage?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “courage” as: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Does God call us to have courage? Josh 1:7, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.” Why does it take courage to follow the law? Matt 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Apparently, some people will not be happy with the example w

What does God say about dealing with toxic people?

Today’s article is in response to one of our readers who is dealing with a toxic person. “When someone is rude and toxic, it isn’t about you it is a reflection of their inner state.” (from Pinterest) Toxic people demonstrate the lack of a relationship with God and His way. Merriam-Webster defines “toxic” as: “containing or being poisonous material especially when capable of causing death or serious debilitation.” Applying our spiritual nature to this definition gives us the reality that toxic people are those who are capable of causing death, or serious debilitation, to both their souls and ours. God tells us not to follow the path these people take, for it leads to defilement, Heb 12:14

What does God say about anger?

Ps 103:8, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” Our Lord feels anger, but He does not let this feeling change His love for us, nor does He let it affect His behavior, Eph 4:26-27, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” The devil uses our anger to lead us away from God, Eccl 7:9, “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Anger has a place, but it should never rest in our bosom, and it should never lead us away from God. So, what exactly is anger, and how does the devil use it? Merriam-Webster defines anger as: “a strong feeling of displeasure.” So,

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