Is it easy to let someone’s wrongful actions go? I say it’s not. When you’ve been wronged, emotions are high to make yourself whole again and human nature seeks the best way of getting revenge.
Sometimes I look back at a situation I’ve been in and someone said something harsh to me and I couldn’t think of how to respond at that time so I stayed silent. Later, when I could think of what to say. I wish I would have said it. But what if I would have said it then, would it have escalated into a fight?
What about thinking about what to say ahead of time? Thoughtful revenge is plotting exactly what to do or say after you’ve been repeatedly hurt. For example, It could be somebody getting on your nerves with the things they say repeatedly. So you think of something to say to them and the next time they say that thing you’re gonna really let them have it. But, Instead of letting them have it, how about asking them why they are saying those hurtful things and tell to stop? Sometimes people don’t realize they are hurting you.
How about instant revenge? You’re driving along and minding your business and the other driver is rude and does something to jeopardize your safety. Instant revenge is to give them the finger. In some cases this feels good and settles things but these days that simple act can lead to road rage and escalate into violent acts including lost of life. It’s hard to ignore folks rudeness, especially when driving but sometimes you have to.
I’m not saying one always have to ignore wrongful acts, but it’s impossible to correct every wrong. Sometimes you have to let things go because it’s something called God’s justice. You may not be able to repay a person for doing you wrong; but God sure can just like He said in Deuteronomy 32:35. For example, If someone cheats you out of money, you may not be able to get the money back or punish them. But God can fix it so that the money becomes useless to them; like getting bills they didn’t expect. Unlike us who try to fix things and in the process cause another problem like starting a fight or hurting an innocent person, God knows exactly how and when to minister vengeance. Leave it to Him, He will repay. I can personally attest to this.
Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.