A while back on Focus Today (I looked for the video but I couldn’t find it), Patrick Doyle said something amazingly profound. Patrick was talking about how we love to be forgiven by God, but we want to get revenge and see justice for those who have wronged us. He said (and I’m paraphrasing because I couldn’t find the video),
God punishes every sin. Either that person who sinned is sent to hell for eternity, or the full wrath of God is poured out onto his son, Jesus Christ.
This is probably one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. It’s so basic, it’s so simple, it’s the entirety of the Gospel wrapped up into one little sentence. No sin ever goes unpunished. Ever.
Something that sometimes comes up when I talk to my wife Lydia, is that we both hate abuse so much. When a person takes advantage of a child’s innocence via molestation or physical abuse, a rage fills both Lydia and I. I want to find that person and kill him. Lydia wants to do even worse things to him.
It’s not wrong to hate when you hear of sin like this. As Christians, it’s important to love others, they will know us by our love. One of the most basic ways to love someone is to feel hurt when someone hurts the person you love. A feeling of rage when something horrific happens to someone you love is both a natural and a Godly emotion.
But revenge is not our place.Every sin is punished by our perfectly sovereign God
We are called to love and to forgive. Every sin is punished by our perfectly sovereign God. Either that sin will be paid for by the sinner spending an eternity in hell, or that sin was cast upon Jesus Christ when He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice that paid not only for your sin and my sin, but also the sins of the rapist, the murderer, the molester, the pervert and so on.
This principle applies to every area of life. Wether we view it as a major or a minor sin, God cannot and will not allow it to go unpunished. Even if the sin is never found out on this earth, God has seen it and God, not you and me, will deal the appropriate punishment.
I guess the only way to end this post is to say, don’t seek revenge. Don’t hold a grudge. When someone you love is hurt, feel the rage that God feels towards that sin, but then give it to God. It’s God’s job to deal out justice for sins. It’s our job to comfort and to love those who are hurting.