Revenge is never a good idea – even though people may hurt, lie, belittle or undermine us making us want to retaliate but retaliation out of spite should never be an option. On the path to true peace and happiness there should be no room in our hearts for malice. I realize that this notion to turn the other cheek is a tough concept to comprehend but if you are wishing something negative to happen towards another human-being then you are still hurt and have not healed from the situation. Truth be told, even if you successfully inflicted harm upon your oppressor wouldn’t change how you felt about the situation and you would still feel that same emotional pain.
DO NOT SEEK REVENGE – and here is why:
1. 1Peter 3:9: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
There is no need retaliate against your oppressors – live your best life and be a blessing to everyone around you and watch God bless you.
2. Proverb 10:12: “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
As long as you wish to seek revenge you keep the hatred alive if you truly want to put a situation behind you learn to forgive and move on.
3. Matthew 5:38 – 39: 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
This is a very hard concept for me to even understand I had to get clarification on exactly what this means. Here is what I got. No more tit – for – tat type of mentality, qualify justice with mercy because we do not need to avenge our honor (Bible Gateway). Depend on God rather than humans, legal court systems, money etc…. all faith should be in the Heavenly Father.
4. Ephesians 4: 31-32: 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Do not harvest any negativity in your heart if God can forgive us we HAVE to be able to forgive our oppressors.
5.Proverbs 20:22: Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
The reason we do not seek revenge is because God will avenge us, he sees all, he knows all and if we do not repent we all will feel God’s wrath. Just live your life and do right by other – God got the rest.
Stop Fighting! God will avenge you!
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