Leviticus 19:18 – Do Not Seek Revenge

 

The Metrolux theaters here play previously run movies for kids during the summer from June to halfway through August. So I bought four tickets to see all the movies this summer. We bought an extra ticket for each child to take a friend. Unfortunately, Braidy couldn’t find a friend to bring. He asked two friends and neither one could come and he was pretty disappointed about it. Hopefully next week he’ll be able to find a buddy to come along with us. Those movies are in the mornings, so we ate breakfast, skipped the morning walk today and got ready for the movies.

This morning’s bible verse was Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” 

My husband and I have witnessed many people take things into their own hands when they feel they’ve been mistreated or an act of injustice has fallen on them and they’ve not only sabotaged others, they’ve sabotaged themselves in the process. It’s an ugly thing to witness in someone. Here’s the thing. we have to let things go and let God work out his plan in our own lives and in others. It’s really easy to get worked up and see life as unfair. The reality is we don’t know what people go home to. We don’t know why people are the way they are. Why they react to things a certain way, do things a certain way, etc. It’s always best to give people the benefit of the doubt and the same grace God gives you when you mess up.

I saw this story on my Facebook food and I think it fits right in with today’s verse and many other verses in the bible. Apparently, a mom was parking in the handicapped spot in Arizona at a Walmart with her 12-year-old daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. Someone left a terrible note on her window. 

The person who wrote this note took no notice of the 12-year-old girl who had accompanied her to the store. 

This poor mom wrote this about the note she received on her dash in a Facebook support group: 

“Hey, neighbors. Just a little reminder that we probably can all give each other the benefit of the doubt. I got this lovely note on my car in the Chandler Walmart parking lot. I may not look handicap…because I’m not. My 12-year-old, Lucy has cerebral palsy and it was all she could manage to walk from our very close parking spot to the entrance where I hoisted her 85-pound body into a cart for the rest of our shopping trip. I wish this person could see how much physical exertion it takes both me and Lucy to do the things that the author likely does effortlessly with her own family. She probably would have offered to help instead of leaving a mean note. I know the intentions were good, but let’s just remember that we have no idea what other people are going through; and if we really knew, we would all likely be a lot kinder to one another. ❤️ “

I’m really glad this person didn’t key this mom’s car like he or she suggested they could if they weren’t an “—-“. We all see something from time to time that looks like something else. Unless it’s quite clear what is going on, I think its best to just leave well enough alone. We all mistake intentions sometimes and the person who wrote this note did not stop to look at who else was in the vehicle with her.  People like this feel self-righteous and feel that it’s okay to bring another person down to lift themselves up. That’s how these people work. Let’s try to give people the benefit of the doubt. If it’s none of your business, stay out of it. You don’t know someone’s whole story. 

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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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