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16/08/2022 03:00 - 17/08/2022 02:00

"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" - Romans 12:19 (NIV).

After the American civil war (1861-5), had come to the end, President Abraham Lincoln gave memorable remarks. War tends to bring out the worst in human beings. And there was a lot of bitterness by the victorious armies from the North who wished to exact revenge on the defeated rebellious Southern states. But Linclon lifted himself above all that and urged his country men, "With malice towards none; with charity for all!"

Malice is a force that can be used against a former foe for purposes of leveling him. There are cases where one who once felt slighted has finally the power to get even and proceeds without hesitation. One of the most revealing accounts in the Bible was when Joseph as Prime minister of Egypt met his brothers who had once attempted to murder him, later selling him into slavery (Genesis 37:18-36). He had the power then to get even, by perhaps obliterating them.

Instead Joseph used his position to lift his old nemesis up, and usher them into the presence of the King (Genesis 47:1-12). Have you ever wondered who was more victorious! Of course you know, the brothers were now to carry that burden of having once sought to kill their brother out of spite to their grave. But for Joseph he was free from all that.

In all personal relationships there comes such moments of being done harshly. But may we not give in to the flesh and it's urge to revenge, but leave matters in the hands of the Lord and He will redeem us!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, free me of any bitterness that I may live a truly victorious life in Christ, in Jesus's name, I pray.

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!