Deadly Revenge

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 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 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.

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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.


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