My Sisters and Brothers in Christ surely you must know how destructive a cycle of revenge is: The Bible is clear about that and so is the message Jesus gave on how to avoid or stop this human violent characteristic.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”what Jesus said about violence
I am not referring to self defense for even the Disciples carried swords. The sense here is forgive an offense and set it aside – or forget it.
How Destructive is this Violent Cycle?
Look to history, yet, wars of annihilation and genocide are still taking place even now. Tribes, nations, countries, races, ￼religions even families. Feuds, revolutions, terrorism and hate fuel these cycles. Jesus taught a better way:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
We believe in one GOD three persons: Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. That should not be ￼too great a mystery since GOD created us in GOD’S likeness – we are flesh, mind and soul are we not? Many of my Christian Brothers and Sisters may say I am over simplifying the Trinity with that metaphor yet, it gives those of us who are less philosophical something to help us to understand (akin to a triangle, water-ice-vapor, a three leaf clover, egg shell-egg white-egg yolk and on to ever more complex illustrations).
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
￼Consider this: GOD comes to and came to us. We can do nothing except believe, trust Jesus and worship.
All we need to know is contained in the Bible. Old Covenant and New Covenant.
All we need to do is accept The Grace of GOD offered by the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and allow The Holy Spirit to teach and guide us. We do good because we then know what good is and appreciate that because of Jesus we will experience the GOD’S Mercy for eternity. We want to worship out of gratitude and share the Good News with all people.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Having lived a long life I have learned that much of which I thought I knew was in error or limited by ignorance on my part. It seems that lately I find myself murmuring, “I never knew that”. Sometimes I simply recognize that I have changed my perspective and that has altered my thoughts. So many things seem to flip-flop as well: eggs are not good for you . . . eggs are good for you; aspirin is good now its bad and so on. Humans know all about “blank” no wait that is all wrong it is “blank”. Take comfort in knowing:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Dominion is responsible and compassionate stewardship not greedy exploitation: Read the Bible