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The Danger of Revenge - November 15, 2020

RECAP: Avoiding an offense is impossible but living offended is a choice.

One day, Lamech said to his two wives, “A young man wounded me, and I killed him. If Cain is avenged 7 times, then Lamech, 77 times.”

-Genesis 4:23-24

It’s right to want but it’s wrong to take .

To take vengeance on one’s enemies is nobler than to come to terms with them; for to retaliate is just and that which is just is noble; and further, a courageous man ought not to allow himself to be beaten.

-Greek Philosopher, Aristotle

This is what I say to all who will listen to me: Love your enemies and be good to everyone who hates you. Ask God to bless anyone who curses you and pray for everyone who is cruel to you.

-Luke 6:27-28

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

-Romans 12:2

Don't mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others and do your best to live at peace with everyone. Dear friends, don't try to get even. Let room for God to take revenge. For as the Lord has said, “I am the one to take revenge and pay them back."

-Romans 12:17-19

1. It’s right to want , it’s wrong to take .

2. It’s God’s job to take revenge because He’s  than I am.

3. “Let room for God” means to God the to get in the ring to avenge us.

4. When I take revenge, I God and thus continue to .

Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.

-Romans 12:21

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Why do we love revenge so much when in reality we are really bad at it?
2. Have you seen bitterness in your family life? Workplace?  Friendship? How did this impact the opportunity for God to work?
3. Share a time when you were bitter about something and it only deepened your bitterness.
4. How can you “defeat evil with good”?
5. What is your next step as a result of this message?