Emotionally Blinded

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Today's reading: 2 Samuel 3:26-39

When someone wrongs us or hurts us badly, we want justice. We want the situation righted. But sometimes our desire for perceived justice becomes so strong that it takes on an unhealthy life of its own by turning into a blinding force for revenge.

Joab and Abishai are intent on settling the score with Abner for killing their brother. They want Abner dead. So much so that even after learning that King David has joined forces with Abner to solidify his rule over all of Israel (something very important for their people and nation), they refuse to turn from their vengeful thinking. So behind David's back, they take matters into their own hands to ambush and kill Abner.

What a vivid picture of the harm and damage that can be done when we don't properly acknowledge and deal with our anger and grief, and make a point keep our emotions, words and actions in check.

What did God impress on your heart about holding grudges, revenge, anger and/or hatred after reading this passage? Identify some of the dangers of holding on to anger? How do we guard against giving in to the powerful temptation to get revenge? Tami

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Tami, what you say is so true: "they refuse to turn from their vengeful thinking. So behind David's back, they take matters into their own hands to ambush and kill Abner." They did it behind David's back!!

Being angry and holding on to a grudge can lead down a dangerous path by taking the matter in our own hands and in this a murder.

Rom 12:19 "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”is my answer on what I should do when I have been wronged. I must forgive and let God handle it for me.
Going to the Lord about it is best.

I see that when we chose forgiveness instead of holding a grudge or seeking revenge is beneficial for our health, mentally, and spiritually. I copied this from Mayo Clinic:What are the benefits of forgiving someone?

Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved health and peace of mind. Forgiveness can lead to:

Healthier relationships
Improved mental health
Less anxiety, stress and hostility
Lower blood pressure
Fewer symptoms of depression
A stronger immune system
Improved heart health
Improved self-esteem
and I might add a right relationship with in which God is pleased!

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