Most of us have heard the saying, “Revenge is sweet”. We have all had moments that we have craved for revenge.
That’s why I think the metaphor is appropriate because REVENGE and SUGAR have something in common. Just like sugar slowly deteriorates your teeth, the desire for revenge slowly deteriorates your spirit. It eats away at your spirit, defiles it and consumes your mental energy.
Besides, God never promised us revenge or allows us to take revenge. It belongs only to Him…
Romans 12:19 (NKJV)
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Because revenge is judgement. It is condemnation. It is us deciding that people deserve to be paid back for how they have hurt us .
However, God does allow us to have and will sometimes grant us vindication. He has even promised vindication in His Word…
Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
In the bible vindication is getting justice or clearing one’s name.
We all know revenge is getting even and repaying someone for what they’ve done. It is retaliation. And, God does not allow us to do that…
Matthew 5:38-42 Expanded Bible (EXB)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [Ex. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21].’ 39 But I tell you, don’t ·stand up against [resist; retaliate against] an evil person. If someone ·slaps [strikes] you on the right cheek [C either an insult or an act of violence], turn to him the other cheek also. 40 If someone wants to sue you in court and take your ·shirt [tunic], let him have your coat also. 41 If someone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles [C alluding to the practice of impressment, whereby a Roman soldier could command a civilian to carry his gear for a mile]. 42 If a person asks you for something, give it to him. Don’t ·refuse to give to [L turn away from] someone who wants to borrow from you.
Revenge is getting them back.
Vindication is getting yourself back.
So, pray for vindication, but from the perspective that the person or those who injured you can be brought in right relationship with God.
Remember, God doesn’t love your enemies any less than He loves you.