Romans 12:19 – Vengeance is Mine

Romans 12:19
 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Hebrews 10:30
 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

-How satisfying it would be to claim retribution when a wrong has been committed; to pass judgment on those we perceive as desperately in need of judging.  But to have such a personal stake in judgment would be wrong and is the reason why God alone is able to judge.  Our actions would inevitably be tinged by our own convictions and morals, and no human’s moral compass truly points perfectly north.  We all rank transgressions and see some as better or worse than others, but how can someone be guilty of a “better” sin?  God can judge and still be no respecter of persons regardless of whether they are a liar or a thief or a murderer (Romans 2:11).  God can take vengeance and still maintain His holiness because He sees all sin for what it really is.  More importantly, only the Lord can truly measure the value of the Blood of Jesus; because the guilty are not those who transgress the law, but rather are those who do not repent and accept Christ.

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