By Greg Laurie
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD.”
When someone hits us, we want to hit back, don’t we? When someone hurts us, we want to hurt them. We want payback. We want to settle the score.
But if you’re a Christian, that isn’t the way you should live. Don’t avenge yourself. God says, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back” (Romans 12:19 NLT).
If anyone knew what it was like to be mistreated, the apostle Paul did. In fact, I would say that no other leader in the first century suffered more than Paul. Yet he wrote, “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God” (Romans 12:19 NLT). And Paul modeled this principle as well.