He Will Take Care of It
| When Paul says
"give place to wrath," and God says "vengeance is
mine," Paul is urging Christians not to take vengeance into their own
hands. It is wise to mention here that God is not unjust in heaping
vengeance against the evildoer, but rather justice demands that such be
done, or God would no longer be a just God. It is, therefore, not a matter
whether the enemy or persecutor ought to be dealt with and handled and the
matter settled. The enemy deserves being punished. It is a matter of WHO
is going to administer the wrath against the enemy. Paul says God would
attend to that rather than the Christian, personally, and on his own.
Recognizing the most tempting reaction to be retaliation (distinguished from self-defense), Paul urges the Christian to rise above that level of conduct, not be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Who ever said being a Christian is easy?