Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
~ 1 Peter 3:9, ESV ~
We have a propensity to return insults with insults and evil for evil. We desire some justice when a sense of wrong has occurred. If we consume our resources on seeking justice for the wrongs, injustices, and unfairness of life, then we are depleting ourselves of opportunities for growth and development. We, instead, allow our wounds to stay open and block any necessary healing. Instead, we need to put to death our resentments and hateful attitudes.
Perhaps we allowed ourselves to be passively awaiting for another to make amends. If we are, then are we not allowing those whom we are at odds with have some power over us? We want to move beyond this and embrace the reality that it is far better if we are able to say I am going to move on because the change that is needed is for us to turn to God and allow the healing to occur within us.
Our happiness is not contingent upon another person. And, more than revenge, we desire a life that is worth living. A life worth living for ourselves and for those we love. Our time and energy is best served when we are focusing our resources on cultivating healthy and loving relationships and not getting caught into the trap of our need for revenge.
Today, let us lift ourselves from the desire for revenge. Instead, through Christ, we are empowered to replace our need for revenge with the fullness healing of love and life.