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I'll Pay Them Back

Proverbs 24:29

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Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29 NIV

What is your first reaction when someone does something to you that you do not like? If you are anything like me, your immediate reaction is probably negative. And likely includes some thought of paying them back in kind. That seems to be an inborn part of our human nature.

But this proverb tells us not to respond in kind. To not make plans to pay them back for what they did. We are not told here how we should react instead. But Jesus makes it clear how we should respond. In Luke 6:27-28, he tells us to “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” That is so contrary to my nature. Yet, it is what I am called to do.

Responding like that can go a long way toward resolving conflict between people. And it will have a positive impact on the testimony of my life. But, most of all, it allows me to walk closer to my Lord, following the example he set for me.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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