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Recompense to no man evil for evil… Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” saith the Lord … Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).

God reserves all “vengeance” to Himself, not because wrathful revenge is a temper or quality that can have any place in the holy Deity, but because the holy supernatural Deity, being free from all of the properties of nature, whence partial love and hatred spring, and being in Himself nothing but an infinity of love, wisdom and goodness, He alone knows how to overrule the disorders of nature, that the highest good may be promoted by it.

William LawWilliam Law (1686-1761)
The Spirit of Love (1752)
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Our Disappointments Are His Appointments

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He delights to show His mercy (Micah 7:18).

Seeing God’s sovereign hand in all things turns our regrets into an amazing appreciation!

Our remorse will esteem His almighty plan. Every heartache will be seen as a part of the divine tapestry, meticulously embroidered for the purpose of making known – to every single individual – His unconditional love and mercy.

Disappointments this side of resurrection create the backdrop that is critically important. Otherwise, we would never be able to see clearly the benevolent and generous intent for all of His creation.

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Free Will?

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Baby Moses, tucked away in his cradle, floating on the water, cried. Was it God’s will, or the baby’s will?

It was a cry that originated in heaven. The king’s daughter was attracted. The child’s life was spared. He entered a palace and eventually became the greatest leader of men this world has ever known. He was entrusted with the commandments; he talked with God on the mountain top.

Is any son of God restless or over-anxious? Then let him think of this minute event and its consequences, and let him watch for the Divine Hand in even life’s smallest events.

Here lies peace. John the Baptist arrived exactly on time to behold the Lamb of God, and be labeled the greatest of all men born among women. Saul was at the right spot when our Lord Jesus visited him.

All is of God. Life’s minutest circumstances are under His control. Therefore, be anxious for nothing. He knows. He loves. He cares. One Captain is competent enough for any ship. We are all only passengers.

Joseph A. Freeman
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 26 (1935)
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