Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord. –Romans 12:17-19 NIV
I had a chance to live out this verse last night. Against my instincts, I agreed to give a lady a ride last night, and in return, she stole my wallet. She was the only one who could have done it, but of course denied it when I asked her about it. I mean, who’s going to admit to stealing? Really? I didn’t expect her to admit it, but it hurt anyway. Here I was, doing this super nice thing for this lady, and she repays me with “evil.” I mean, what the heck?
But as I was driving home, God brought this verse to my memory, and reminded me that the best thing I could do was to pray for God to bless her. Forgive her, and move forward with my life. He also reminded me that I wasn’t really losing anything but the hassle of having to get a new debit card, a new driver’s license, and a new pool league membership card. The $3 cash in my wallet she could have.
Allowing bad things like this to steal our peace doesn’t do any good. Repaying evil with another evil act doesn’t do any good. All that does is create a cycle of revenge where a person is caught up constantly in repaying people (who aren’t perfect, by the way) for the wrongs, or supposed wrongs, done to them.
Break the cycle in your own life by simply asking God to help you forgive, then pray for that person that he or she would be blessed “above and beyond all he can ask or think.”
Have you had a chance to repay evil with good lately? Tell me about it below!
Until Next Time,