“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
Life is not fair – that much is clear. It takes simply glancing at the news headlines or walking out the door to see that bad things happen to good people. But God is just, and God’s Word calls followers of Jesus to trust God rather than seeking revenge when wronged. Talk about countercultural.
In a world based on defending my rights, fighting for what’s fair, seeking justice or at the very least getting even – surrendering control is anything but easy.
God never promised an easy life when we choose to trust in Him- but He does promise us a radically counter-cultural life if we live for Him. Remember one thing: The wrath of God is very real for those who never come to repent for their actions. They will eventually face God’s vengeance. No amount of our own personal justice or revenge will come close to measuring up to God’s justice. So, when life is unfair and you’re tempted to seek revenge, choose to live differently. Choose to act counter culturally by choosing to trust in God’s timing and justice over your own.
What helps me is looking at the example of Jesus. When our sins were unjustly murdering Him on the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them.” If Jesus can forgive me for sending Him to His death on the cross, then I can forgive those who treat me wrong or unfairly. What about you?