Wednesday, 13 February 2013

For The Christian, Pt 2 Revenge :

Consider how you are daily and hourly wronging God, and you will not be so easily inflawed with revenge against those who have wronged you. You are constantly affronting God, yet He does not take vengeance on you,but bears with you and forgives; and will you rise up and avenge yourself upon others?
Reflect on this cutting rebuke:

"O thou wicked and slothful servant! I forgave thee all that debt because thou desiredst Me; shouldst thou not also have compassion on thy fellow- servant, even as I had pity on thee?"

None should be so filled with forbearance and mercy to such as wrong them, as those who have experienced the riches of mercy themselves. The mercy of God to us should melt our hearts into mercy toward others. It is impossible that we should be cruel to others, except we forget how kind and compassionate God hath been to us. And if kindness cannot prevail in us, methinks fear should:--"If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

~John Flavel (Keeping The Heart p. 60)

1 comment:

Helen said...

Hmmm, An encouragement and a warning. Weighing against AW Pink "Shun them .."

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