“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” I Peter 3:9
My sister and I were not close in age, but we sometimes fought like we were. I was the annoying little brother and she was the mature big sister. She often joked that life was perfect in the house until I was born and disrupted the harmony.
We did not fight as much when we got older, but we would still have a few dust ups. One particular time we were fighting, and I got really mad at her. I don't remember exactly what she had done, but I was heated and wanted revenge. I went outside to hit the baseball around and my sister came out to throw out some trash. I am not sure what got into my head, but I threatened her that I was going to hit her with the baseball. Truth be told, I didn’t really want to hit her, but just hoped to give her a good scare.
My sister was about 20 feet away when I swung my bat and ball to scare her back inside the house. I figured I would get close and she would know better than to mess with me. The moment the ball left the bat it seemed to have a heat seeking device on it as it headed straight for my sister. I hit the ball square and I cringed as it headed her way. The ball struck her on the upper part of her arm, and tears started to run down her face. I knew she was going to tell my mom, so instead of checking on her, I ran inside to plead my case to my mom.
My sister came in shortly after me, and I really had no case to defend. I had threatened my sister and did exactly what I said I was going to do. I had sought revenge and got it, but I was not satisfied and felt guilty and ashamed. We are warned in God's Word that we should not seek revenge or go blow for blow. We are not to say, "they pushed me, so I pushed them back". When we are treated poorly, we are not to return the favor by being just as bad or worse. We are to be the opposite, and be a blessing instead of being just as wrong as the person who wronged us. I know this is contrary to the world's philosophy, but the Word of God is contrary to the world and our sin nature.
Has someone wronged you and you are seeking revenge on them? Do you tend to go blow for blow, or could it be said that you turn the other cheek? Do you seek to protect your rights at the cost of someone else and forget the bigger picture? Do you desire getting instant gratification over inheriting eternal blessings? May we follow in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior who loved us in spite of us, long before we asked for forgiveness. May we remember Proverbs 15:1 which states, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” May our reactions to evil be soft, and may we see the bigger picture in the heat of the moment.
Stay in the fight!