Some Inspiring Words from Max Lucado

filed under: Miscellaneous on December 7, 2008

Leave Your Enemies in God’s Hands

by Max Lucado

 

 

Some years ago a rottweiler attacked our golden retriever puppy at a kennel. The worthless animal climbed out of its run and into Molly’s and nearly killed her. He left her with dozens of gashes and a dangling ear. I wrote a letter to the dog’s owner, urging him to put the dog to sleep.

But when I showed the letter to the kennel owner, she begged me to reconsider. “What that dog did was horrible, but I’m still training him. I’m not finished with him yet.”

God would say the same about the rottweiler who attacked you. “What he did was unthinkable, unacceptable, inexcusable, but I’m not finished yet.”

Your enemies still figure into God’s plan. Their pulse is proof: God hasn’t given up on them. They may be out of God’s will, but not out of his reach. You honor God when you see them, not as his failures, but as his projects.

God occupies the only seat on the supreme court of heaven. He wears the robe and refuses to share the gavel.

Revenge removes God from the equation. Vigilantes displace and replace God. “I’m not sure you can handle this one, Lord. You may punish too little or too slowly. I’ll take this matter into my hands, thank you.”

Is this what you want to say? Jesus didn’t. No one had a clearer sense of right and wrong than the perfect Son of God.

Only God assesses accurate judgments. We impose punishments too slight or severe. God dispenses perfect justice. Vengeance is his job. Leave your enemies in God’s hands. You’re not endorsing their misbehavior when you do. You can hate what someone did without letting hatred consume you. Forgiveness is not excusing.

Nor is forgiveness pretending. David didn’t gloss over or sidestep Saul’s sin. He addressed it directly. He didn’t avoid the issue, but he did avoid Saul.

Do the same. Give grace, but, if need be, keep your distance. You can forgive the abusive husband without living with him. Be quick to give mercy to the immoral pastor, but be slow to give him a pulpit. Society can dispense grace and prison terms at the same time.

 Offer the child molester a second chance, but keep him off the playgrounds.

Forgiveness is not foolishness.

Forgiveness is, at its core, choosing to see your offender with different eyes. You don’t excuse him, endorse her, or embrace them. You just route thoughts about them through heaven. You see your enemy as God’s child and revenge as God’s job.

By the way, how can we grace-recipients do anything less? Dare we ask God for grace when we refuse to give it? This is a huge issue in Scripture. Jesus was tough on sinners who refused to forgive other sinners. In the final sum, we give grace because we’ve been given grace.

 

 

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  • Ashley Griffin says:

    i wish others didn’t find it so hard to not to confuse punishment with being judmental. that just because we believe in consequences doesn’t mean we don’t believe in second chances.
    btw.. you gonna make it to your due date?

  • BP says:

    “We impose punishments too slight or severe. God dispenses perfect justice. Vengeance is his job.” This sticks out to me.
    Thank you for sharing this, very good message. I always enjoy reading Max Lucado. He has such a gift.

  • Janie says:

    Very good entry and food for thought. Yep! those terrible people have until a few minutes before they die… is that what we are told about the scripture about the Master and the Vineyard? God wants us to forgive for us, not the other person. That load gets pretty heavy to carry around all the time. It can also ruin a many good days with bad thoughts. I have been soooo busy and have not had time to make an entry or comment; but you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie

  • Michelle M. says:

    I love that last line!
    By the way, I gave you an award over on my blog 🙂 Check it out!

  • Liz says:

    I enjoy reading Max Lucado, thanks fro sharing!!

  • Katie says:

    Inspiring entry. Thank you for sharing. I so needed to hear this today. I need to get back to my Sunday Inspirationals and walk in love and let GOD do his work. Take care of you and yours my friend. GOD Bless you!
    Katie