:~:Many of us have suffered injustice at some point of our lives, whether it's by someone we know or a complete stranger. They've hurt us with their vicious words, despicable acts, or fierce brutality. When we least expect it, we become their victim. We endure a loss. We lose our innocence, self-respect, and our will to live. We are vulnerable to the fear they instilled in us. Fear now wears their face.
The hands of time move forward but our memory is frozen in the moment. We dwell on their vile whispers and remember their smug faces. After a while, our anger erupts like a volcano and we seek revenge. We think of the many others who will be spared if we avenge it now. We convince ourselves that vengeance and justice amount to the same thing.
But we are not called to take vengeance. We've been called to seek justice. Although there is a fine line between them and they resemble each other, there is a difference. Vengeance is a harmful action against the individual(s) in response to a grievance; while, justice implies actions undertaken and supported by a legitimate judicial system, by a system of ethics. Revenge works outside the boundaries of judicial or ethical conduct. The goal of revenge usually consists of forcing the (perceived)wrongdoer to suffer the same or greater pain than that which was originally inflicted.*
Let us not deceive ourselves. Revenge will not make us feel better. It will not help us bury the past. It will only bandage the wound while it really needs to breathe. Justice, on the other hand, is the ointment for the pain. It will heal us in time. In the end, it will give us the satisfaction that we didn't raise a finger against the person, yet they were brought to justice all on their own. Be it in a courtroom by a judicial system or an intervening Higher Power, someday the heinous act(s) they committed will be avenged. Not by us but by the God who loves us so much, He makes everything come to a full circle. "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.” Romans 12:19
In my last post, I spoke of wrongs that were done against me and some of the things I survived. It took much courage on my part to write that post (I thank you all for your warm response). I debated if I should be so open with you all, but then realized we are called to minister healing onto others. We are God's ambassadors, appointed to carry the torches of love, truth and peace. Not repaying anyone evil for evil but we are to overcome evil with good.
After all, only God knows and only God can. We continue to hold onto our faith and allow Him to do what He does best. He will pull us out of the fire and though sometimes there are scars left behind, we survive. We live on knowing sooner or later, He will avenge our pain and heal our wounded hearts. Justice will prevail.
Copyright © 2009 by Ellie Kings
Art by Jim Murphy
*notes from Wikipedia