The Lord’s heartbeat says leave retaliation, vengeance, and avenger to Him!
The last train to leave the station climbing up the mountain of persecution is the train of obeying the Lord’s heartbeat. Romans 12:17, 19 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for Gods wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord.
The passenger on the train of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat through obedience had freedom from a heavy load of bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment. On the other side of the tracks, on the trains of retaliation and avenger the passengers Cain, Samson, Ahab, and Jezebel were consumed with bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment. They paid an enormous price for their train tickets for their ride on the trains of retaliation and avenger.
Elijah, the prophet, Ahab, the king, and Jezebel, the avenger
The second response train to revenge is traveling down the tracks of great calamity is the Avenger. An avenger is to take vengeance on behalf of another. The avenger does not seek the Lord’s heartbeat. The train of avenger is extremely different from the train of straightforward revenge because the avenger wants restitution for the other person as well as for themselves again and again. One of the strong characteristics of an avenger is that he or she is overpowering with pride and arrogance.
How does the Lord’s heartbeat tell us to handle persecution? Persecution comes from harsh statements or acts to make us doubt that we have worth either during childhood or as an adult. Harsh statements or acts can come in the form of harassment, torture, affliction, oppression, ill-treatment, and being victimized.
There are three different response trains to persecution. All the trains begin at the same station but they do not all have the same destination.