From a friend of WEC
Old Bedouin tribal law allowed revenge up to the fourth generation. If someone killed your great grandfather you, as great grandson, could in return kill someone from the tribe who killed him.
But anger in our emotional arsenal won’t wait for four generations. It wants satisfaction now. Joab killed Abner for killing Joab’s brother. Absalom, David’s son, killed his half-brother, Ammon, for raping his sister, Tamar.
Agatha Christie made a living on getting even. When the Berlin Wall fell the Bosnian crisis burst on us like a time bomb that had ticked for centuries. Gangs in our inner cities operate on revenge. The list is endless.
My daughter and I saw five minutes of a soap opera. The lady says to the guy, “You took my love from me and now you’re going to pay.” I asked my daughter what this actress meant. “The lady was going to get him to do something rotten and mean!”
So much for folks who chain their hearts to the past. Forgivers stop holding on to wrongs. As we tear up our I.O.U.s the Father tears up His. This act sets them at liberty and ourselves as well. It’s the only true way to break the devil’s cycle.
During the Christmas season believers in a certain Middle Eastern country visit every family member and friend possible. Misunderstandings, old hurts or offenses between them are buried and forgotten. They begin the new year with a clean slate. What better New Year’s resolution could you ask for!