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What are the alternatives to revenge?

1 Peter 2:21-25This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps . . . He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

Isaiah 53:7He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Follow Jesus’ example of not retaliating. Jesus did not take revenge but fully trusted God to judge fairly. This is the only way for good to come out of a bad situation.

1 Samuel 24:1-12At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding in that very cave! “Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today is the day the Lord was talking about when he said, ‘I will certainly put Saul into your power, to do with as you wish.’ ” Then David crept forward and cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. “The Lord knows I shouldn’t have done it,” he said to his men. “It is a serious thing to attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David sharply rebuked his men and did not let them kill Saul.

Psalm 35:11-14, 17Malicious witnesses testify against me. They accuse me of things I don’t even know about . . . Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I even fasted and prayed for them . . . I was sad, as though they were my friends or family . . .

Psalm 38:12-15Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps for me; they make plans to ruin me. They think up treacherous deeds all day long. But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak. I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply. For I am waiting for you, O Lord. You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

2 Timothy 4:14Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm, but the Lord will judge him for what he has done.

We can choose to refuse vengeful acts and trust God to work in his way and in his time.

1 Corinthians 13:5Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.

1 Peter 4:8Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Leviticus 19:18Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Show love to those who hurt you. We are less likely to take revenge on those we love than on those we hate.

Genesis 50:15-21Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people. No, don’t be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families.” And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them.

Matthew 18:21-22Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!”

Luke 23:34Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.”

Acts 7:59-60And as they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And he fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!”

2 Corinthians 2:5-11I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt your entire church more than he hurt me. He was punished enough when most of you were united in your judgment against him. Now it is time to forgive him and comfort him. Otherwise he may become so discouraged that he won’t be able to recover. Now show him that you still love him . . . When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive him (for whatever is to be forgiven), I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us.

Forgiving erases the reason for revenge.

Luke 6:27-28But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

Romans 12:14If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Pray for your enemies. Prayer helps dissipate the desire the revenge.

Romans 12:17-21Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God . . . do what the Scriptures say: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you.” Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.

Proverbs 25:21-22If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.

1 Peter 3:9Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

1 Thessalonians 5:15See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else.

We will be held accountable to God for the revenge that we seek, and we will be blessed for the good that we do to others.

1 Corinthians 6:7To have such lawsuits at all is a real defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?

Hebrews 10:32-34Don’t ever forget those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail. When all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew you had better things waiting for you in eternity.

Luke 9:51-56As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. So they went on to another village.

We must accept temporary injuries and offenses and move on. Moving on leaves revenge behind.