Recompense

Romans 12:17
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

1 Peter 3:9
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Proverbs 20:22
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

Matthew Henry’s Whole Bible Commentary
Proverbs 20:22
Those that live in this world must expect to have injuries done them, affronts given them, and trouble wrongfully created them, for we dwell among briers. Now here we are told what to do when we have wrong done us. 1. We must not avenge ourselves, no, nor so much as think of revenge, or design it: “Say not thou, no, not in thy heart, I will recompense evil for evil. Do not please thyself with the thought that some time or other thou shalt have an opportunity of being quits with him. Do not wish revenge, or hope for it, much less resolve upon it, no, not when the injury is fresh and the resentment of it most deep. Never say that thou wilt do a think which thou canst not in faith pray to God to assist thee in, and that thou canst not do in mediating revenge.” 2. We must refer ourselves to God, and leave it to him to plead our cause, to maintain our right, and reckon with those that do us wrong in such a way and manner as he thinks fit and in his own due time: “Wait on the Lord, and attend his pleasure, acquiesce in his will, and he does not say that he will punish him that has injured thee (instead of desiring that thou must forgive him and pray for him), but he will save thee, and that is enough. He will protect thee, so that thy passing by one injury shall not (as is commonly feared) expose thee to another; nay, he will recompense good to thee, to balance thy trouble and encourage thy patience,” as David hoped, when Shimei cursed him, 2 Sa. 16:12.

Galatians 5:22-23
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

I encountered an incident today, which I am left with 2 choice. To remain
1. feeling “hurt, bullied, wanting justice” OR
2. “Lord, I forgive him. I pray for his safety as he drive along.”

If I take the former #1 approach, what different am I from the heathen? Don’t they do the same usually? Thereafter, I still need to assist in the investigation if needed? Thence I cause more hurt to him when he recieves the complain notice? Perhaps he may lose his job? His family will suffer? Ending up I’m the cause of all the “negatives” when by God’s grace I could have stopped, forgive and forget?

I thank God for his daily moulding of my life. I’m pretty sure during my BC (before Christ) days, he is a dead meat. Now being AC (alive in Christ), I have the conviction of the Holy Spirit sounding off “BEN! STOP!”

I decided to stop pursuing the matter, although I did spend some time putting together all the evidences, which could have been better used for God. This reminds me of 2 persons.

Devil, the satan, better known as THE ACCUSER. (Rev 12:10)
Jesus, the forgiver.

If I start gathering evidences and starts hurling accusations, what difference then am I from the devil? God forbid. I actually intended to post the photos here as well, but decided to let go. Forgive and forget. There is a reason why I posted the prior entry on “let the dead bury the dead”. “Let the “spiritually” Dead, complain about the “spiritually” dead” I’m not sure if the bus driver was spiritually dead, I pray he will come to know Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/06/23.

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