Revenge – the desire for it can be a powerful and even overwhelming emotion. Sadly, thinking about revenge can be a fun motivating and bonding experience, as it occupies our minds with creative and yet often diabolical means with which to carry out our purpose. It is amazing how the development of such a negative action can spur such positive feelings. So wait – if all of these positive feelings come from planning revenge then can we rightfully label revenge as wrong? Absolutely! Just because something makes you feel good or empowered or focused doesn’t mean that you are becoming a better person because of those things. Remember, Satan felt good and was empowered and was focused when he rebelled against God – and we all know how that will turn out! Can revenge ever be good? How do we recognize, manage and direct our feelings of revenge?
We all have at one time or another wanted revenge – the act of not only getting back at someone or something, but being sure that they were delivered that little extra dose of humiliation so they would know to not ever mess with us again. Yeah, revenge – so often looked at as sweet and so often sought after as a dramatic answer to our woes. But is it? Is revenge sweet or desirable or even good? Well, the Bible says “vengeance is mine saith the Lord!” If God wants vengeance, then why shouldn’t we? Stay with us as we put revenge on the table to find out where or even if it should fit into our lives.
Did you ever wonder how many words the average person utters in a day? Did you ever wonder how many of those words uttered are constructive, destructive or just plain idle talk? While we are not going to try and pinpoint percentages, we are going to talk about talking and the effects that it has on those who hear as well as the effects on those who speak. Is gossip ever good? Do we ever slander anyone without truly meaning to do so? Stay with us as we look into the spoken word and biblical principles that can help us focus on making our words positive proactive and powerful!