Paul told believers who had suffered injustice, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” — Romans 12:19
Last week, as I called the attendance roll at the school where I’m teaching, his name stood out among all others. His name was “Justice.” Many thoughts ran through my mind, like, I wonder why his mother and father named him Justice; was it thought-provoking, or was it for revenge?
Then on Saturday, my daughter talked about getting justice for things that have happened in her life. As we continued to have our daily conversations, that word must have been spoken a dozen times or more. Without a doubt, I knew I had been given my topic for this week.
That’s how God works — He drops crumbs in our lives, and all we must do is pay attention and notice what he is saying to us. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there are many women out there who are suffering mental abuse from another, maybe even be her husband. My ex-husband was physically and mentally abusive.
If it doesn’t run you crazy, or cause you to snap, then make a success plan for your life. Begin to take steps toward that plan daily. You will get justice, because that will be God’s business. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 says, “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.”
According to this verse, we must not try to solve our own problems — we must peacefully move on and leave the matter to be settled by God.
When Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers, they were suffering severe persecution and horrific abuse at the hands of Jewish unbelievers and pagans. That’s when he told them that.
God is leading me to remind those of you out there who constantly dish out mental abuse ought to stop forcing others to be what you want them to be. Repent and ask God for forgiveness. You could be taking advantage of your wife by using the family income the way you want, treating your wife as if she is your prostitute, daring her to spend a dime. The minute she decides to buy something, and you notice the small funds missing from the bank account, all hell breaks loose. That’s a problem!
First of all, such a couple is unequally yoked. The husband is supposed to care for his wife and children; he is the head of the household. But today, far too many mothers have not raised men to be head of household. From where I stand, I’ve observed how we have lost a generation or more, because far too many millennials today, for the most part, have not been taking themselves and their families to church. They are missing out on love for themselves and for others. We can’t expect a man to know how to care for his family if he does not have the love of God in his heart.
Folks, if you’re reading this column, and you have children that are not worshiping God, start asking them to go to church with you.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.