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 12:19
We live in sensitive times. People take offense at everything, and their offense justifies all manner of passive aggressive revenge. It is easy to get caught up in this game, and go about de-friending the offenders from our lives, and spreading around the silent treatment like the plague. In a watered-down world, this is our means of revenge.
And what is the reason for our need to seek revenge with every affront? It is due, primarily, to our intrinsic need for self-importance. Because we do not truly yoke ourselves to Christ, we operate out of this constant need to prove ourselves, show ourselves, and remind the world of our value. In short, we become self-centered and insecure, obsessed with generating our own worth to the world.
What Christ offers, however, will free us from this. In Him, we are “more than conquerors,” we are co-heirs, we are imputed perfect righteousness. In Him, we are free, we are loved, we are valued, we are understood.
When we live in Christ, and out of what He offers, we allow ourselves peace, even when people wrong us. We can free ourselves from governing everything and begin giving trust and control to God.
When we give God what is his, it frees us to live and to love in a free, harmonious way, and to trust in the God who justly repays.