Dealing with your feelings for revenge

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'

These feelings often arise in me

The answer is in my video. Published on Nov 24, 2013

As a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, I suffer persecution. How then do I cope with the feelings I get to have my revenge?

Key Verses:

Joseph comforts his family who had tried to kill him. But instead of dying, he became powerful in Egypt and saved many from starvation.
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Paul teaching the Disciples in Rome
Romans 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Linked with

Deuteronomy 32:35
35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
In due time their foot will slip;
their day of disaster is near
and their doom rushes upon them.”

Proverbs 25:21-22
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

There are those true disciples who have to die for the sake of the gospel. Some don't die, but lose their freedom or are ostracised by their family, community and workplace.

Revelation 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

Psalm 37 [This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.]
Of David.

An Audio for those who enjoy this way of learning
https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/suchet/nivuk/Ps.37

1
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6
he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret – it leads only to evil.
9
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11
But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12
The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14
The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16
Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17
for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18
The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure for ever.
19
In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20
But the wicked will perish:
though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22
those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25
I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26
They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing. [Or freely; / the names of their children will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or freely; / others will see that their children are blessed]
27
Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land for ever.
28
For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed [See Septuagint; Hebrew They will be protected for ever];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29
The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it for ever.
30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31
The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33
but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34
Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36
but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37
Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace. [Or upright; / those who seek peace will have posterity]
38
But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future [Or posterity] for the wicked.
39
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

So it's not easy for a Disciple of the Lord to be as pure in heart as their Lord Jesus is.

But thanks be to God that we have the Holy Spirit to help us keep true to the teaching of our Lord Jesus.

Sadly, there are Christians who do not have the Holy Spirit to help them.

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