Revenge…it has been said it is a dish best served cold.
But is it a dish that should be served at all?
Should we harbor resentment and make a plan to get even?
Of course, there is a measure of comfort in planning to pay back someone for what they’ve done. Most of us, perhaps all of us, have been hurt by others. Sometimes the hurt has been truly awful. It soothes some of that pain if we consider a way to hurt that person back. We can wrap ourselves up in the plan of a pay-back. We want the books to balance. We want that person to hurt as much as we have. We want to get revenge.
But what does the Bible say about that?
“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—would you use your lips to mislead? Do not say, ‘I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.’” Proverbs 24:26-29
A clear answer…do not try to pay them back.
When we have been hurt God sees our pain. He also sees who caused it. He can look at the ledger sheet and do whatever He thinks is best. We don’t have to. God says that vengeance is His. He will take care of it.
We need to bring our hurts back to the Lord and let Him deal with the offender.
Lord Jesus, You see that I’ve been hurt. Help me not to plan revenge. Help me to pray for my offenders like You did and allow You to deal with them. I put my hurts in Your hands.