A grizzled old man was eating in a truck stop when three Hell's Angels bikers walked in. The first walked up to the old man and pushed his cigarette into the old man's pie, and then he took a seat at the counter. The second walked up to the old man and spit into the old man's milk, and then he took a seat at the counter. The third walked up to the old man and turned over the old man's plate, and then he took a seat at the counter. Without a word of protest, the old man quietly left the diner. Shortly thereafter, one of the bikers said to the waitress, "Humph, not much of a man, was he?" The waitress replied, "Not much of a truck driver, either. He just backed his truck over three motorcycles.”
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21
If we’re honest, we’d like to get a little revenge every once in a while. That makes it sound okay, a little revenge. It’s our “right,” we think. They “deserve” it. No, that’s not how it works with God. We’d be in a mess if we got what we truly deserved! Instead of getting what we deserve, we received grace. Revenge doesn’t usually lead to peace, but to an escalation in conflict. God’s Word has a totally different way to deal with enemies. Meet his needs! To meet your enemy’s needs, you have to see them as a person with needs. This perception can change everything. We sometimes think that revenge is going to feel good, but it really doesn’t. It might for a minute, but a guilty heart just burns. What feels good is being nice to our enemies. But to make that change in our attitude and heart, we have to fight the evil feelings and inclinations of unforgiveness and anger, trust God and “overcome evil with good.” “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Choose to rise above revenge and love your neighbor as Jesus taught. Be the better man and let the Lord direct your paths.