Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19
Josh and Kevin were put together as partners for a class project. They had to write a report, create a poster, and give a presentation on the Civil War. Josh worked hard on the project. He went to the public library to do extra research
and spent long hours perfecting the details on the poster. When the day came for the class presentation, Josh did almost everything. The whole time, Kevin had been too busy playing video games to help his partner. Josh was certain that Kevin would receive a lower grade for not participating in the project.
After school, however, he overheard Kevin telling the teacher that he had done exactly half the research and half the work and should receive the same grade. Josh was fuming mad. Kevin had lied! Josh continued to think about revenge for the rest of the week. At church that weekend, the pastor spoke on Romans 12:19. “Vengeance must stay in God’s hands,” he said. “The Lord is the one who will repay. When God takes care of the wrongdoer he does it in a way that helps that person, not hurts him.”
Josh knew that what the pastor said was true. He decided not to take revenge on Kevin. Rather, he would pray for him and he would look for ways to make Kevin his friend. He would overcome Kevin’s evil act of lying by doing good to him.
Dear Lord, When someone tells lies about me or cheats me, I feel hurt and angry. It makes me want to hurt them like they hurt me. But I know that you want me to leave revenge to you. Help me remember that it’s your job to avenge wrong and that it’s my job to respond to evil by doing good. Amen.