Today's Devotion (Thursday)

A Needless Fury

2 SAMUEL 13:21-39

Key Verse:

"Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant" (2 Samuel 13:28).

The display of anger is a matter of choice. Hence, hardly would a sane person choose to be angry. Many people justify their acts of anger, cruelty and extreme wickedness on provocation; yet anger, no matter the cause, rests in the bosom of fools. Tamar’s rape by her half brother, Amnon, was bad enough and caused King David to grieve. But Absalom, Tamar’s elder brother, bottled his anger over the horrible act for two years. He organised an event to schematically murder Amnon. Regardless of the gravity of Amnon’s offence, it was not in anyone’s place to avenge an act of sin, cruelty or wickedness. The Bible clearly warns against revenge. For believers under the New Covenant, with Christ as the Mediator, any act of vengeance is a sin. Even under the Old Covenant, murder was forbidden, for he that kills by the sword shall also die by the sword. Absalom should have confronted his brother over the sin he had committed rather than nurse the revenge for two years. King David, being a man of weak moral credentials, failed in respect of Amnon, although he was a successful king and military ruler. We are to guard against unbridled, inveterate anger, no matter the gravity of the offence. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19). Saved from sin, you must thirst and pray through for sanctification experience to receive the grace to be uplifted beyond negative emotional outpouring.

Thought for the day: He who avenges does more harm.

Bible Reading in one Year: NUMBERS 14-15; PSALM 90

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