Is it wrong to want justice done for a willful grieveous sin against me?

Dec 31st, 2009 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Is it wrong to want justice done for a willful grieveous sin against me?

I would say no.

That being said, there are some other things to think about.

If this person confesses to be a Christian, we are given instructions on what to do. Matthew 18 (see our verse by verse study on Matthew), and also Matthew 5:23, 24 which states if we know someone has a problem with us, but that also works both ways, if we have something against another brother or sister in Christ we are to go to them and confront them (in a love, in a manner we would want to be confronted with if we were in the other place–in other words, don’t go will all guns blazing). If after speaking with this person the situation is still not resolved, then we are to go with another mutually respected Christian, and if at that point still nothing is resolved, it needs to be taken before the congregation.

If this person is just someone in the world, we will have to wait for God to deal with the matter, if there is no way we can take legal action (that would be an individual conscience matter). If we leave the issue in God’s hands, we need to make sure all of it is left there–don’t keep any back to dwell on.

When I think if “grievous sins” against another person, I am thinking this is a big deal and not just a curt remark or slight, so if this is something like adultery, or theft, this is not just against you, this is against God, and does not apply to Matthew 18, but goes immediately to the congregation.

But also keep in mind: The Apostle Paul was breathing out threatenings and murder to the Son’s of God. He thought he was doing God a service. Apollos was teaching baptism incorrectly, because he didn’t know any better. If a brother’s heart is right with God, we want them to see the error of their ways and come back in harmony with God and with the brethren.

More than justice, the thing we should want most, is to see them repent (not just lip service), truly repent, with godly sorrow. Because if all we want is justice, then we will not be of the right attitude to forgive if we see them repent, and then we will be sinning.

I am sure a lot more could be said, and maybe some others will want to comment on this.

Lord Bless

Matthew 5:23-24
23  Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Romans 12:19-21
19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

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