Thought of Revenge!

“The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob” (Genesis 27:41).

The heart of Esau was filled with the thought of taking revenge. That was why Esau who was supposed to find place in the list of forefathers was defeated in his life in spite of being the son of Isaac. The mind is similar to the root of the tree. “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birth right” (Hebrews 12:15,16).

Arm yourself with the mind of Jesus Christ. “not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing” (I Peter 3:9). Solomon the wise says “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with wicked intent” (Proverbs 21:27).

See Jesus hanging on the cross. His whole heart was filled with the thought of forgiving others. He prayed for all those who had lashed him with whips, those who had screwed Him with nails and forgave them liberally. He was not a person to act furiously against anybody. He had the mental greatness to forget and forgive all and that was why He had pleaded to God “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mathew 5:23, 24). Esau was disregarding God but God was always kind and merciful for both him and his traditions. He looked at the children of Israel and said “You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land (Deuteronomy 23:7). But the Edomite were always antagonizing the Israelites. When the children of Israel were entering Canaan they sought permission to pass through the land of Edom. The reply was “You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword” (Numbers 20:18).

Herod came in the tradition of Esau and he was the king to order to kill all the children on hearing the news of the birth of Jesus. The next acr of Herod was “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12: 1, 2). Dear children of God, rhea sense of taking revenge should never be there in you. Forget the trespasses and forgive them.

To meditate: – “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7).