Making Them Pay

This coming weekend, I’ll review a movie I’ve enjoyed. It’s a classic crime comedy starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. The story shows criminals who get their due. Watching it, I guessed that the heroine of the story would have a bigger role in their comeuppance. But now that I think about it, the movie is a great example of chapter twelve of the book of Romans.

A quick summary of that chapter might be that we are to 1. be alert to God’s will so we can do it, 2. use the gifts we’ve been given so we can strengthen each other, and 3. live in love and patience. Verse thirteen reminds us to practice hospitality, and verse seventeen reminds us to live in harmony with one another.

The heroine of the story finds out she’s been duped and becomes quite displeased with the criminals. However, she doesn’t have to make them pay because the criminals get caught up in their own distrust.

Verse nineteen of Romans 12 tells us to leave room for God’s wrath. The movie isn’t really a Christian film, but it shows how leaving God enough space to work on our behalf can bring overwhelming blessing into our lives.

Today on Seek God With Me, I’m sharing a different set of verses to illustrate this issue. When some people read Romans 12, they often remember “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” But they forget all the other verses in the chapter. And often that verse spurs them on to take revenge on their own, rather than to wait on God’s hand in the matter.

Join me for today’s devotional at Seek God With Me.