I read this verse and immediately into my head jumps the phrase “Don’t get hurt, get even.” That’s how I used to think. If you hurt me I would hurt you back, but worse. If you took something from me I would take away something from you, but more precious. It wasn’t a healthy way to live and it meant through recovery I had a lot of work to do on me.
The second part of this verse says “Be careful to do what everyone thinks is right.” In other words, don’t just take action that is going to make you feel better without repairing relationships.
I have heard a lot of people over the years say to me “I talked to God about it, that’s enough.” It’s not!
- Who would you rather get even with than repair the relationship with?
Prayer: Lord help me today to recognise the people on my list I am holding resentments against and help me to address them.