Live Well

It is often said the sweetest revenge is to live well and be happy.  It is a variation on a verse most familiar.  From the 23rd Psalm we read, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”  Even as a child I knew there was a tinge of “in your face” to this verse. There is a touch here of God saying, “Back off.  Go live your life with my blessing. I’ll take care of the revenge.”  In Romans 12 Paul wrote, “‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. ‘To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’”

If there is someone who really doesn’t like you, if there is someone who wishes your life would totally collapse, don’t worry about them.  Send them a magazine subscription.  Then they will think of you at least once a month.  Pray for their good health.  If something needs to happen to them God will do the right thing.  If we tried we would do the wrong thing.  We aren’t smart enough to do the right thing when we are emotionally involved.

How grand it is that we have this amazingly brilliant God who knows exactly what Joe Blow needs. If he needs to see us prospering God will lay incredible blessings on us.  While we are living the high life just remember that God also loves Joe Blow.  Yes, God loves our enemies.  Remember once upon a time we were God’s enemies and Jesus died for us anyway. Romans 5:10

Written by Roger Bothwell on September 17, 2013

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