Repay them for their deeds
and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
and bring back on them what they deserve.
When we are insulted or subjected to ridicule and contempt, our sinful nature reacts with pride and revenge. The need to take the law into our hands and give a resounding answer to those who attacked us seems to take control of us and we end up acting in ways that do not befit us. Our common enemy knows very well what a person who lets his passions and sinful nature take control of him is capable of doing. Hence, one of the weapons our enemy uses against us is provocation. Even we, if not careful, may be used by the enemy to provoke our loved ones to negative reactions. How many times have we said an unkind word when we should have kept silent or have expressed a seemingly innocent comment that is full of destructive criticism? How many times have we been victims of bitterness and we have replicated with words of hatred and violence? This can be a very natural behavior for human beings; after all we have a sinful nature. However, the fact that it is a natural behavior does not make it morally valid because it is against a basic principle of the law of God, which is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
God has told his people, in relation to our enemies: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.” The psalmist who understood God’s message answered, “The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth. Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.” The apostle Paul exhorts us, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath.” As we can see, we have no role to play in this process of revenge but to let God take care of everything. When you are attacked, remember that vengeance belongs only to God. To God alone be the glory!