1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
So, when someone does something wrong to you, what is your first response? Are you ready to get even or give it to God and let it go? I have to admit that I don’t always respond correctly in my first thoughts. Since I have moved to the South I have learned there are ways though to have those thoughts and yet sound like you don’t, “bless your pea picken little heart girl, you just don’t know better do you? Bless your heart” Translation being, “Girl, you are an idiot and I would like to slap a knot on your head!” I have a tendency to laugh when I hear things like that because, well, let’s face it; that is a pretty creative way to say all of that and not really sound mean. But, that isn’t what this verse is saying to do either!
We are called to rise above the standard others have when it comes to how we treat each other. Our natural human instinct is to lash back when someone is mean and hateful, but we are called to rise above! We are called to behave like royalty because we are children of the Most High King of Kings! God loves you, and he will take care of the people who are hateful and mean, in fact He certainly can do a better job of it than you can so leave them to Him! As it says in Romans 12:19, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Who do you really think is going to be better at settling the score; you or God?
If you run around trying to get even with other people all the time you don’t have time to focus on the things you really should be doing! There’s so much good you can do to show the love of Christ. Avoid those people who you know are just going to be hateful and push your buttons if it is at all possible and focus on good things! Don’t allow past ills done to you fester until you are at the boiling point and you can’t focus on anything and you are just worthless! Focus on God and His goodness and allow Him to use you to show His goodness to others! The best is yet to come!
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt