Daily Topic for December 05, 2017

Isaiah 53:5, NLT
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Pray that the peoples of Libya will embrace Christ’s answer to bitterness and revenge.

Bitterness and Revenge

by MM, guest writer

“Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter?” (2 Sam 2:26) Many in Libya could probably identify with Abner’s words to Joab here. This Scripture comes from a time when Israel was in a serious leadership struggle following the death of King Saul. In the same way, following Muammar Gaddafi’s death Libya has been constantly embroiled in a struggle for control among various factions. The result has been exceedingly bitter. For example, the people from the town of Misrata made internal refugees of the entire town of Tawergha because the Tawerghans took Gaddafi’s side in a civil war and were credited with many atrocities in the city. Anyone remotely affiliated with Gaddafi continues to pay the penalty for his abuses of power, even as the cycle continues. The side on top takes revenge on those who abused them, and then the roles eventually switch.
Forgiveness is not given a high place in Libyan society. If one is wronged, Libyans believe that revenge is the appropriate response. That only leads to a newly-wronged party. The results are long-term bitterness in many hearts. From a human perspective, it is hard to imagine a scenario where the sword no longer devours.

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Pray for a breakthrough in the hearts of many leaders to seek an end to this cycle, and that forgiveness would be received and granted based on the sacrifice of the Prince of peace.

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