“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.” ~ Romans 12:19
In light of the fact that we are people who don’t deserve one iota of God’s love because of the sin in the world and our lives, sometimes our sense of expecting and demanding fairness amazes me.
I can be amazed, because I am absolutely a card-carrying member of the justice-should-be-served-at-all-costs club. I want things in life to be fair. There are days when someone hurts me or does something I think is rude and my fingers just itch to write it all down on my blog, to exercise some kind of retribution for their unkindness. And I know this attitude was formed long before I became an adult – if you’ve ever spent any time around children, you know eventually you’ll hear the words, “But that’s not fair!”
Yet we’re taught specifically by Jesus not to take this attitude in the New Testament. When we spend all of our time trying to right the injustices in our own lives and even the score, we run out of energy to do anything else. The verse following today’s verse says we are to do good to our enemies – “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.” So while our instincts tell us to go after someone who has wronged us, Christ teaches us to help them instead. By letting Him worry about repaying the wrongs in life, we are free to help the people who need us most.