No one could measure the harm that is done in our world by revenge and anger. Many relationships and homes suffer because of a member with a vengeful or hateful spirit. When temper gets the best of you, it often reveals the worst. The most flammable type of wood is a chip on the shoulder. To the church at Rome, Paul wrote, “Recompense to no man evil for evil.”
In the Chapel of Padua in northwestern Italy hangs a painting by Giotto, a painter during the Renaissance period. He painted envy as a serpent with long ears and a long tongue. The tongue coils back and shoots its venom in the serpent’s own eyes. Revenge brings harm to the person in whom it resides.
For all his life, Cain paid for his revenge against his brother Abel, and Haman hung on the same gallows that he had built for Mordecai. People often say to me, “I just blow up and then it’s all over.” A shotgun blows up, too, but when it’s all over, look at the damage it has done. One poet put it in these words, “From seeds of envy in the heart, grow noxious weeds of hate, and if allowed to get a start, much harm the generate.”
The Word of God is clear on this matter. Getting even is not the answer. We must let God handle vengeance in His time and way. Overcome evil with good, not revenge. Mark it down – when you harbor revenge and long to get even, it only hurts you, not the other person. I Corinthians 13:4, “...Love envieth not.”