Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Someone told a lie about you and you discovered it. Out comes the revenge card.
Someone stole your idea and took credit for it. Out comes the revenge card.
Someone made fun of you in front of others. Out comes the revenge card.
Your spouse cheated on you. Out comes the revenge card.
In each situation above, you felt anger, frustration, humiliation, you couldn’t believe it happened to you. But it did. Now you have all of these feelings boiling to the surface, yet you don’t know what to do with them.
I guarantee that even if you were able to get back at the one who hurt you, it wouldn’t make you feel any better and it may even make you feel worse. So what do you do with the card in your hand? Drop it.
That’s right. I said, “Drop it.” But won’t letting the other person off the hook make it like as if they got away with it? Maybe. But if you don’t drop the revenge card your life will slowly build up with acid and it won’t be burning anyone but you.
Many times, I have found, the other person is going to circle around and find themselves reaping the consequences of their decision.
But in the mean time, what do I do to get rid of the revenge I want? Find some suggestions from wikihow.com in their article, “How to Avoid Taking Revenge,” such as leaving everything to time and rising above any wrongdoing.
Remember that by not taking revenge into your own hands it leaves room for God to avenge you. He will help you forgive the offense and the other person will face the consequences ultimately for their unkindness toward you.
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Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.