Not Against You

“Let the Lord judge between you and me, and let the Lord avenge me on you.  But my hand shall not be against you.”  1 Samuel 24:12

The power of mercy is immeasurable.

Lord, please teach us to love mercy and trust You to judge and avenge.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

When to Wait

Praying if I had the chance
to retaliate

against someone who’d hurt me
I would hesitate

and let God be the judge
of what should be done

remembering the mercy shown to me
on the cross, by His Son.

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Published in: on November 22, 2011 at 4:48 am  Comments (23)  
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23 Comments

  1. you have no idea how you hit home with this one Deb! I love it … has been my prayer these past years… to hesitate and let God judge… show mercy, forgive. These things are such a part of walking ‘free’ unfettered, no root of bitterness to defile… but real peace and joy instead… I love your simple poems!

  2. Hi Deb,
    Thank you for the beautiful poetic interpretation of God’s word. Being merciful is the hardest aspect of love because it evokes in us a need to let go of hurt and as much as we preach it, to actually exercise it is HARD. Thank you for the reminder and I pray God will soften my heart and attitude towards those I have been less patient with recently.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

  3. I remind myself of how Jesus forgave me when I did not deserve it. It helps me forgive especially when I feel a person does not derserve it. Unforgiveness is a sin and a poison that can destroy. Thank you for this strong reminder of mercy. God has been working on me with regards to forgiveness a lot recently. This post is so timely and apt. Thanks Debs… Love and blessings from my Daddy in heaven 😀

  4. “The power of mercy is immeasurable.”

    yes!

    we do have a perfect example

    thanks Debbie

  5. What a great prayer! It takes me out of the equation and allows the Holy Spirit to step in and pull on my reins.

  6. Thanks again Debbie,

    When I would want to retaliate against someone who has hurt me, all I need do is think back to the mercy shown unto me at Calvary! Surely, “mercy there was great, and grace was free. Pardon there was multiplied to me. There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.”

    Have a blessed day!

    Paulette

  7. What a great reminder! I saw the lastest news update on Jerry Sandusky, the coach who (allegedly-but-I-know-he-did-it) raped all those boys. I said to the TV, I hope he burns in hell.

    Even though I know it’s not God’s will for children to be destroyed that way, I made myself confess and asked for forgiveness . “Let God be the judge of what should be done.”

    Grateful that He is a God of justice.

  8. Amen Debbie! One of the hardest things to do 🙂 Have a super blessed Thanksgiving!

  9. God bless you, faith-filled fisherlady . . .as you show that mercy and forgiveness. His real peace and joy show in your comments and posts and that can only come through walking free with Him. Thank you so much for sharing here!

  10. I’m praying that with you, Vineet, for Him to keep my heart soft . . .to remember His mercy. We don’t always like to be humbled, but I’m getting better at accepting those humbling times because when my heart is humbled, it is more apt to be merciful too. 🙂
    God bless you, dear friend in Christ, and your sweet family!

  11. Thank you so much Rita, for saying how unforgiveness is a sin and a poison that can destroy. So true! And I can know that, but when something happens that requires forgiveness, I may need reminded again.
    God bless you and douse you in His mercy and love! 🙂 Love to my Ritas!

  12. Oh yes we do, don’t we? 🙂 Mercy is one of those God things that don’t make sense in today’s world, God bless you and yours, hero, as you show His mercy and love!

  13. Hey . . .we went to my daughter’s horse therapy time today. She didn’t want to pull on the reins, so we just led her around and let her smile a lot. Oh that I just let God do that with me! 🙂
    God bless you as He shows you all that mercy can and will do.

  14. I love that, praising Him Paulette! Just think back to the mercy shown to me at Calvary. Sometimes if I’m struggling with someone or something they’ve done, if I just start saying, “I love You Jesus” . . .well I can’t stay upset with that person any more.
    God bless you and give you strength and love for your day!

  15. Oh dear Linda . . .I’m sure you are not alone on things like this, in wanting someone who has caused such pain and harm to others to experience the same or worse. 😦 Will trust God with you that mercy and justice will both be done.
    God bless you and your tender heart for Him.

  16. I’m liking the new picture up of your handiwork! yay!
    And I agree that mercy is one of those things that is easy for me to talk about, buy not as easy to do. In Micah it says to love mercy. That really spoke to me. Not give mercy grudgingly, but to love to be merciful. I’m praying for that.
    God bless you and yours and here’s wishing you a super Thanksgiving too!

  17. Thanksssss! You know Debs whenever I get on WordPress the first thing I do is visit your blog. I long to hear from you every time. It is so wonderful to have truly beautiful women like you as friends. Moreover, the Lord’s love and anointing pours out of every word you publish. Thanks for being so wonderful. Love to you and yours always. God bless!

  18. Thank you, Deb

    Thank you….

    “Lord, please teach us to love mercy and trust You to judge and avenge”
    (He is speaking so loudly right now. I can’t hear anything else…)

    Blessings
    ann

  19. A-men Deb! Stand still and let the Lord fight your battles!

  20. Deb, I love this poem! It can be so hard sometimes to not retaliate, to trust God to avenge based on what is in the hearts of those who hurt us. I’ve been noticing lately, too, how the world teaches us to avenge ourselves and how that is our natural response. Recently my neice’s son was teased at school about his appearance (he was born with a cleft palate and in spite of surgeries you can still tell). The response of my neice and all who responded to her FB post about it wanted to give the kid who teased him a fat lip. It was just a six year old kid who probably hadn’t been taught any better, but retaliation seemed to be the response of choice. Your poem and post are a great reminder that waiting on God to take care of matters is better. Peace, Linda

  21. To love mercy . . .that one is taking me some prayer. I guess we love when He is merciful to us, it’s just when He is merciful to someone who has hurt us that it gets hard.
    God bless you, Ann full of Jesus grace, joy and song, as He speaks to you tonight . . .and tells you that He loves you. 🙂

  22. OH, that ‘s what I needed to hear. And need to do! I am kind of hyper and standing still can be a problem for me. 🙂 God bless you and all the ways He is taking care of situations that affect you.

  23. Thank you, Linda, for that perfect example. It just kind of sneaks in, doesn’t it, this attitude that to retaliate is right and not to is wrong. And there may be times when we should, but I pray to let Him decide that , not me! Just from my little experience, each time I could let God handle it, there has been much more peace than if I decide someone needs to be held accountable right now.
    God bless you and yours as you wait on Him!


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