Deadly Revenge

This true story that inspired the novel "Count of Monte Cristo" gives us an excellent view of the damage of revenge. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

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 fiancée, 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 that revenge does great damage to the soul of the avenger.

That's why God's Word tells us:
"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, returning good for evil.

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This true story that inspired the novel "Count of Monte Cristo" gives us an excellent view of the damage of revenge. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

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  1. Forgiveness is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. And you've so clearly demonstrated the stranglehold bitterness can have in our lives with this account. I didn't know all the details of the "Count of Monte Cristo's" life. Thanks for sharing this powerful example and reminder, Gail. It really is convicting!

  2. This is such a clear demonstration of the need for forgiveness. I've read a lot of classics but not that one.

  3. Once again, the Lord has spoken to me at my need through his messenger, you!

  4. How many times do we say we forgive but not quite? This is a perfect example of what can happen when we have a desire for revenge in our hearts if we don't truly forgive.. Thank you Gail.