Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19
When I worked as a manager/engineer in Ohio, I wanted to keep the workplace a little light hearted. When you have a group of professionals that can be a challenge. Well, to be honest, I like pranking people. I particularly enjoyed doing pranks on another highly motivated, highly intelligent man that I had managed to get hired. One day I sabotaged his storage drawer so that when he opened it he would be greeted with a wad of wet paper to the face. It worked! But that led to my coworker pranking me, followed by me pranking him, etc. Finally, something happened that involved another employee and we had to stop.
On a more serious note, somethings can lead to hurt feelings, embarrassment, anger and a desire to take our revenge on that person. Lets face it, we all have had to deal with these feelings when we have been done wrong, whether intentional or not. Yes, I have had some people purposely do me wrong and I thank God I was in the right spiritual mind to let Him handle it. The good news is that He did, but I want us to think of God’s plan for us over our plan for us. I have been asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” The right answer for the believer is, “Whatever God wants for me.” However, how many of us are ready to submit ourselves to His will?
The easiest example I can think of to consider is “Road Rage”. I know we all get frustrated with this at some time or another in our life. Have you ever considered that God just might be making everything slow down to protect you? Perhaps, God just wants you to pray for His protection and care. Being angry because a person is driving like a maniac isn’t cause for rage. It is actually a cause for prayer. At that moment, we should pray for them and for us that God will protect.
Vengeance is a strange thing. Just like my pranking of a dear friend, it never finds an end. Only God knows all things and only He has the true answer. In fact, the better part is to ask God to forgive the trespasser. (Matthew 18:21-22) The world isn’t a fair place and people of this world are not fair either. That is why we, as believers, need to seek favor for those who wrongfully use us. Just maybe, the person we forgive might be believer in the making. Something to think about.