Never Take Revenge

In 2 Samuel 4, two Israelite men kill Saul's son, king Ish-Bosheth. These two men (Rechab and Baanah) then brought Ish-Bosheth's head to David. They said that this was God's vengeance against Saul for trying to kill David. David disagreed. When he answered them, David opened with these words: "As surely as the Lord lives, …

Overcoming Evil with Good

Calvin on Romans While preaching through Romans 12 the last couple of months I was reminded how helpful Calvin's commentaries are. Here are a few of my favorite sections of his comments on Romans 12:19-21: ...He [Paul] commands here that however grievously we may be injured, we are not to seek revenge, but to commit …

Forgiveness and the Grinding Halt of Vengeance (Volf)

Miroslav Volf's Exclusion and Embrace is a very thoughtful and interesting book on identity, reconciliation, oppression, justice, and so forth.  I don't agree with everything Volf says, but I am enjoying the book.  This morning I ran across his section on forgiveness, which was very helpful.  Here are a few quotes worth noting: "Instead of …

%d bloggers like this: