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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Deadly Revenge Bible Study

Revenge, Count of Monte Cristo, Pierre Picaud, Revenge hurts the vengeful more than the avenged
In 1807, Pierre Picaud was young and in love when three jealous friends falsely accused him of treason. 

Picaud was arrested and forced to serve as a prisoner in the home of a rich Italian. This Italian grew to love Picaud as a son and made him his heir.

But this didn't mellow Picaud's bitterness. Once free, he killed his three former friends. And before killing the “friend” who'd married his fiancĂ©e, Picaud lured the man’s son into crime and his daughter into prostitution.  

Alexandre Dumas read the true story of Picaud and wrote The Count of Monte Cristo (1844), a classic novel showing revenge does great damage to the soul of the avenger.

That's why God tells says:
"Bless those who persecute you...Do not repay anyone evil for evil...Do not take revenge...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:14-21).

Today let's ask God to help us overcome any bitterness in our lives His way.

Bible Study

Count of Monte Cristo, revenge, Romans 12:14-211. Unforgiveness grows into bitterness, and one of its many "bitter fruits" is vengeful thoughts and sometimes actions.  How do each of the verses below emphasize the damage we do to ourselves when we become bitter.

2 Corinthians 2:10,11 
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

Hebrews 12:15 
See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

1 John 2:9-11 
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

2. Vengeful attitudes can take subtle forms. That's why God sets high standards for thoughts, deeds and prayer.

Proverbs 24:17-18:  
17Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, 18 or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.

Matthew 5:44-46:
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

© copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2013, BiteSizeBibleStudy.blogspot.com
All Scriptures NIV unless otherwise noted
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Some additional thoughts on this subject from past Bible Love Notes:
Spiritual Cancer
Didn't Want to Do It, But Did It Anyway

After you've completed the study, you can read Gail's insights HERE.

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