Love Our Neighbors As Ourselves

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Editor:

I have enclosed this passage from the "Our Daily Bread." I thought it would affect all of us in one way or another.

The infamous 19th-century feud between the Hatfields and McCoys started with a fight over a razorback hog. It turned into a vendetta that continued unabated for several decades. Members of both clans committed brutal murders, and their fighting brought heartache to every family in the valley of the Tug Fork River, along the border of Kentucky and West Virginia.

The men who started this bitter and destructive violence, William Hatfield and Randolph McCoy, were responsible for scores of deaths, but they were never brought to justice in a court of law. Although they both lived long lives, they had to watch the suffering and death of their loved ones.

Our vengeance no matter how right our cause may seem to us always goes wrong. Only God has the wisdom and patience needed to punish evildoers properly and to bring them to justice. He treads the winepress of His wrath alone (Isaiah 63:3), and He doesn't need any help from us.

The world tells us, "Don't get mad, get even!" But Paul gave us this instruction: "Repay no one evil for evil ... Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord" (Romans 12:17-19).

Since the two fires have devastated our neighbors and the cause of the fires stems to two people who were looking to survive. One to be saved from being lost, the other to be saved from unemployment; nevertheless, neither thought of the consequence to others.

No wonder the Bible tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves; look how it has affected many people.

But to those who are angry, let Romans 12:17-21 touch you and know that someone greater than us can handle these types of situations better than we can.

May God bless.

Vivian L. Burdette, Payson

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