We have all heard the saying “Vengeance is Sweet”, and I am sure that many will agree that it is only human that when someone has wronged you, it is only normal that you would like to “Get your own back” and make them suffer. But you need to ask yourself the question that every Christian should ask themselves, in any situation …. What would Jesus do ?
Matthew 7:1 clearly says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” , so who are we then to determine the innocence or guilt of a person based on the small amount of information that we might have on hand ? Did Jesus judge those who wronged Him ?
Absolutely not, in fact, right up until the end he held no grudge, and uttered the words with His last breath “Forgive then Father for they know not what they have done”. How can we then hold a grudge against another or avenge a wrong, when we ourselves are far from perfect ?
Romans 12:19 says : “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.” And Matthew 5:44 says “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
This is easier said than done, but that is simply because we are only human. How can we expect forgiveness when we are not capable of giving it to another?
We need to ask God to help us overcome the urges that envelop us and cleanse our hearts of all hate and anger, leaving only care, compassion and forgiveness, even for those who have tried to destroy us, for only God knows their hearts and their motives, and only He can deal with their souls.