Revenge is a scary desire to hurt someone who has hurt you or someone you love. We see it played out in Jacob's family, as the old family sin reveals its ugly self once again. After learning of their sister's plight, two of Jacob's boys convince all the men of this heathen city to be circumcised. Three days afterward, when the pain rendered them unable to protect themselves, the boys attacked and killed all the men of the city for the honor of their sister. The same sin of deception was at the heart of this problem and now it has led to the slaughter of an unknown number of men. Truly, the slogan, "what you do in moderation, your children will do in excess" has proven itself true. Jacob's greatest fear was that the people of Canaan would seek revenge for their neighbors' deaths. When we deceive and/or seek revenge, we open that door for others to attack us. This is the point where we return to the Scriptures that challenge us to be spotless and blameless and to set an example for others to follow. Deception and revenge do not create that kind of life; therefore, it must be dealt with. This is not something we can do on our own; instead, it is a work that God must do in us. He can take a deceptive tongue and produce an honest one. He can take revenge-filled heart and replace it with a compassionate heart and service-oriented focus in life. God can do that! Let Him remove the deception and the revenge from your heart and mind, and then watch as He transforms you for His glory.

Help me, Lord, to turn away from my deceptive plans and speak truth as You transform my tongue. Help me to stop seeking revenge and to start loving my enemies as you transform my heart.