And when the Lord does for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and appoints you ruler over Israel, this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the Lord deals well with my lord, then remember your maidservant. – 1 Samuel 25:30-31
In this Bible story, David wanted to kill Abigail’s husband (Nabal) because he had not treated David with the respect that he felt he deserved. Abigail convinced him not to do it. She proposed that it would be a mistake for the future king of Israel to allow himself to be dragged into a senseless act of revenge by an unthinking idiot like her husband. While an act of revenge might bring momentary satisfaction, the remorse and troubled conscience that followed would soon surpass any feeling of victory.
Have you ever wanted revenge? Perhaps it was warranted, perhaps not, but there is no quicker way for a Christ-follower to mar his testimony than to react in anger. So, what do you do when you are treated with an intolerable lack of respect?
Don’t react, respond. Walk away, if you can. Give a moment for God’s wisdom to prevail and in the end let God take care of the offender. Also, try to remember who you are and whose you are, a child of the One True King who though reviled, revileth not in return (1 Peter 2:23).
Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated. – George Bernard Shaw
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