The concept of revenge is a harsh reality of how some people choose to live and carry out their frustrations. It is very easy to get angry and want to “get back” at a person in order to be vindicated. As a Christian, we should know that wanting to avenge someone or something is never the answer. As humans, we will get upset and even angry, but this does not imply we act out these feelings by punishing someone else. It is not proper and right to act in this manner.
In Matthew 5:38-42, Jesus discusses with us the topic of revenge. “Ye have heard that it hath been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ “But I say unto you that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away (Matthew 5:38,42)”.
God and our Lord Jesus indefinitely prohibit the act of revenge. This action only exacerbates the onset of evil doings and provokes evil, revealing our own anger, which actually offers evil ample satisfaction. Furthermore, the satisfaction that we are giving evil by acting out revenge is allowing evil to transcend and take over our hearts.
As Christians, we aim to follow in the humble footsteps of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This implies that we love one another as we love ourselves, while being aware of how we treat each other. If someone slaps our cheek, we must turn and offer the other cheek. We must not slap back. And when we have no other cheeks to have slapped, we then walk away and do not return. Sometimes we must remove ourselves in the case of relieving animosity or further angst among our brothers and sisters. However, we must not retaliate.
Understand that our goal as Christian is to overcome evil with the grace of our Lord Jesus, and from His love and compassion that He places in our hearts. Be cognizant of how you handle things and those around you who do you wrong. We must be strong and learn to grow with our Lord through His abundance of love and mercy. Christians should lead by example. Do the right thing and people will see and do likewise. It is better to do and model your behavior rather than tell and not do what you say.
If you are to be humiliated or taunted by the enemy, let it be. Do not fight against him or you will be aiding the spread of evil through your own doing. We must allow our pride and egos to be lessened as much as possible. This allows us to be more humble and be able to show humility to our fellow human. Remember that above all, our Lord Jesus has the final word for all things. Just because evil wins a simple fight, does not imply it will win the war. Our Lord’s love and mercy extends for miles and miles without end. Trust in Jesus to carry you through where you must go. Only through Jesus can we find peace in our hearts.