We’ve all been there: A friend betrays you by talking behind your back, a spouse does something that hurts you deeply, someone you helped won’t return the favor when you’re in need, a workmate tries to move up the ladder by making you look bad —and the list goes on and on.
There is a sense of injustice we feel when these things happen and as the emotions rush through us, we want justice. It is unfair and we need to make it right somehow. How could they do that to me? And not even show remorse for it? I’ll show them, we say. But STOP, I know it hurts and they were indeed wrong, however there’s a better way.
Let’s look at the proverb again, Do not say “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord. So God recognizes that someone has done you wrong—that’s why it’s called evil, but he tells us through this proverb to refrain and wait. It should go without saying that we must forgive that person—then let God make it right for us.
God does want to make it right; he wants to satisfy that need for justice, that’s his part. Our part is to forgive and wait. If we return evil for evil we make matters worse, and we will certainly reap more evil. Let’s calm down and let God handle it, and he won’t let us down.