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,… Continue reading Never Take Revenge

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… Continue reading Overcoming Evil with Good

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… Continue reading Forgiveness and the Grinding Halt of Vengeance (Volf)