A teenage girl, infatuated by a non-responding boy, made sure he copped some
In vindictive spite, she told the teacher he’d hit her tennis ball in
the river. The teacher gave him the stick. Not much hope for the girl after
Someone wisely warned, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig
Four year old Darcey Freeman was thrown by her father from Melbourne’s
Westgate Bridge. Why? He’d told his former wife she’d never see
her kids again. How shocking and awful when retaliation targets little
Court cases, punch ups, walk outs, road rage and every style of hurt you can
think of arise from revenge. A man staggered into the Paskeville hotel
bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds — a victim of bikie pay-back.
Armed with missiles, guns and bombs, vengeance is so potentially dangerous it
could wipe us out. Fire one rocket and you get two back!
The problem with human kind is an inner disregard — a malevolent
motivation. What animal, fish or bird pays back so viciously? An enlightened
Englishman said, ‘After long and careful thought I have come to the
conclusion we’re a fatally flawed species.’
Revenge is reversible. We
need to eradicate it before it eradicates us. A solution of goodness and
positive response often takes the heat from the lust for retaliation.
The Bible says: ‘Don’t repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to
do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it
depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Don’t 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. On the contrary: "If
your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he’s thirsty, give him something to
drink. In so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’
Jesus said, ‘Don’t resist an evil person. If someone strikes you
on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue
you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.’
The one who said,
‘Don’t resist an evil person,’ wonderfully exampled the
ideal when nailed to a cross. It was said of him, ‘When they insulted
him, he didn’t retaliate; when he suffered, he made no
He was both the victim and victor. Vengeance put him on the cross but, on the
cross, under cruel circumstances, Jesus magnificently conquered it and showed
us a better way.
Have you been a target of revenge? Or, has it driven
you to inflict additional hurt upon others?
Through God’s help we can, like Christ Himself, rise to a noble level of
living. Someone has said, ‘Never does the human soul appear so strong as
when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.’
We are, indeed, ‘a fatally flawed species.’ The good news is
— Jesus can remake us and re-motivate us.
See 2 Corinthians 5:17.
We need an inner change — a new birth — a personal relationship
with Jesus. We can then follow his way and ‘overcome evil with