Leviticus 19:18 – “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD.”
Do you ever get ticked off at someone? I mean, do you have times when someone just gets under you skin and all you want to do it pick them off?
Revenge. Revenge is a terrible illness that is far too prevalent in our society. There are television shows based solely on the very idea of revenge. I tried watching one one time. I felt so dark inside when I watched it. The very thought of someone actually plotting to harm someone else just scares me. I don’t comprehend it.
Maybe I’m just too outspoken to plot. I stew but I don’t plot. Ask my husband. When I get mad, I clam up. And usually clean. Cleaning is my go-to release. So when my house is spotless, you know something is wrong!
Any way, you need a way to deal with anger and frustration without resorting to revenge. When we desire revenge, it clouds our thinking. We can’t see straight. We can’t handle revenge. Yet we think we can.
We are called to love.
Romans 10:19 – “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
So, put this verse together with the first verse and you have this: “don’t try to avenge yourself. You can’t handle it. Instead, love your neighbor as yourself.”
You don’t hate yourself, do you? O, you might get frustrated at yourself, but hate? Probably not. So, that being said, you may get frustrated with others, but hate? No. Hate is such a strong word. It implies death. You want to have something or someone no longer in existence. That is harsh. Think twice before you use that word. Mean what you say, sister.
So today, princess, let it go. (Are you singing yet?) Don’t let revenge have any place in your life. Choose to follow another path. Try loving your neighbor. (We will talk tomorrow on what consequences that will have.)