BACK DURING WWII the US submarine Tang was on military maneuvers just off the coast of China.
On one occasion, while under the cover of darkness, the Tang surfaced in an attempt to fire upon an oncoming convoy of Japanese ships.
But since the sub had been involved in previous military engagements, she only held carrying eight torpedos.
It was absolutely imperative therefore that all eight hit their designated targets.
If only one missed, the Japanese would be able to quickly trace the path of the failed attack and in turn fire upon the Tang.
The first seven torpedos were launched against the enemy ships with deadly accuracy.
However, the eighth torpedo suddenly deviated from its course and turned back toward the Tang.
The emergency alarm to submerge was ounded, but to no avail.
Only a few seconds later, the torpedo struck the hull of the Tang killing her crew and sinking the submarine.
In much the same way, when we do not love our enemies, but instead seek to take revenge upon them, we invariably do more harm to ourselves than to the people we are trying to injure.
Paul said, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19).
Are you trying to do God’s job and seeking vengeance, or are you doing your job and praying for your enemy?
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike