Revenge. Entire screenplays have been written with this one central idea as their focus. Someone is wronged, and then we spend a couple hours or more watching them “get even” with everyone. In life it’s very tempting to take revenge, it’s very tempting to get even, and maybe just a little more. All too often when we set out to get even we end up going just a couple steps further, and we restart the cycle with the other person. Entire families have been ripped apart because two people couldn’t let go of their vengeful attitudes and their desire to get even. Often we see that play out in the divorce papers as, “irreconcilable differences”. If only there was someone we could turn to, an impartial party, who could give out justice, someone who could make everything right again...
Our world would be so much more peaceful if, instead of taking our own revenge, we waited for the judgment of God. God has promised to judge all people righteously on the last day, why not wait until He does? Wouldn’t life be so much less stressful if you weren’t always trying to plan how to get even with someone? Just let the Lord take care of it.
Eli Schnell is the Youth and Family Minister at the Northwest Church of Christ
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135