Confucius said: Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. What does he mean?
With revenge comes an intense desire to take back something that was lost. Even if the reason is only to restore one’s own dignity. In some cases it’s a matter of pride, in other cases it’s not.
While there is a thing called sweet revenge, there’s actually nothing at all sweet about it. In fact, what Confucius is saying here is that revenge is unhealthy. It’s usually accompanied by feelings of anger and bitterness. Those negative emotions can unfavorably affect your physical and mental health. Seeking revenge can be draining.
So, how do you calm those out of control emotions which move you to revenge? Here’s where God comes in. Through following his way, looking to him, praying, reading his Word, you can find peace in your life. Even a life that is out of control. He can help bring you back from the brink. To a place of calm, peace, tranquility.
Do you ever dream of revenge? Do you ever sort of plan what you might do to someone who has really hurt you? Yeah, me too. But, truly it’s not good for you or me to be doing that. In the long run we may get revenge, but we may suffer more also. Confucius said dig two graves because you may put the other person down, but you’ll go down, too, doing so.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Philippians 4
This just in from Great Britain. Police said a man dressed as the caped crusading crime-fighter Batman marched a 27 year old man into the Trafalgar House Police Station in the early morning hours. The man was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud, as well.
Police said: “The person who brought the man in was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity remains unknown.” Not true, of course. We all know he was Bruce Wayne.
Two questions are running through my mind. One, why do these guys always dress up as Batman? Why not Superman. Or Green Hornet. Or Aquaman. Two, how does Brit Batman differ from American Batman (other than the accent)? Any answers to these two questions, readers?
God may not dress up or wear a cape (I don’t really know, maybe he does sometimes), but he is a crusading crime-fighter and a poverty fighter. And he does stand for justice for all. Let the emphasis be not only on justice but also on for all.
Are you currently in a pickle? Having a hard time? In need of a hero? Please, don’t call on that fake Batman in Britain. Instead, look to the true God, the fighter for those who call on him.
The Lord says: “What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth.” Jeremiah 9
Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Jalila al-Salman and Mahdi ‘Issa Mahdi Abu Dheeb, former leaders of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association, were convicted of calling for a teachers strike in their country.
On October 21, 2012, an appeals court upheld the guilty verdict against Mahdi and Jalila. While in detention they were held in solitary confinement and subjected to torture and forced to sign “confessions.” They’re both now serving prison sentences.
Such examples of social injustice go on every day in the world. Social injustice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Here in America we are not immune. Consider the areas of health care, poverty, racism, physical and sexual abuse, and intolerance of faith.
God didn’t make this world to allow social injustice. It’s entirely mankind’s doing. Here’s what God believes about social justice…straight from his own lips (via The Bible):
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them. Isaiah 58
Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it. That’s what I want. That’s all I want. Amos 5
Do you see any social injustice going on in your world? Could you do something about it? Could you speak up? God is standing beside you if you choose to do so.
There’s recently been a resurgence of the music of Bob Marley, raggae singer, dreadlocks, sinuous voice, singing of revolution, justice, and romance. You may have seen his picture on a poster or T-shirt. Perhaps, this is because of all the interest right now in social justice. His belief was that no matter who you were you should be treated right and with respect. One and all. Where did his ideas come from? Bob once said: “Man can’t do without God. Just like you’re thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can’t go without God.”
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. Matthew 5
The verse for today is Jesus speaking to a crowd of people. Justice was important to him, it’s a theme that runs through the entire Bible. How important was it to him? He says “hunger and thirst for justice.” You need food and water, they are necessities of life. You have to have them to live. Jesus says those people who are just will be “satisfied,” they’ll be fulfilled and at peace with themselves.
“I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.” Ever hear that oldie sung by Eric Clapton? That was written by Bob Marley. It’s about social injustice. Do you thirst for justice in the world? Are you thirsting for God, too?
Here you can watch the Bob Marley’s version of “I Shot the Sheriff.” NOTE: Make sure no one can see you because you’ll probably have to get up and dance!