Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you. – Proverbs 20:22
I can think of some occasions in life when I have been “wronged” by another, but can’t we all? Typically, the first reaction when someone treats us unfairly is to be hurt and offended, then this is usually followed by the immediate desire to hurt them back!
While I wish I could say I have never “reacted” when offended, it is just not true. There have been times when I have allowed my emotions to get the better of me; however, as soon as I realized my error (and this was not always immediately afterward) I was able to ask forgiveness and many times (though not always) the relationship was reconciled. It was hard, humbling, and painful, but also absolutely necessary for God to be glorified in the situation. I had to understand that it was not necessary for me to right, but rather that I display righteous behavior.
It is very difficult to consider how God might be glorified when we are personally mistreated, but that is exactly what we must do. Otherwise, how can God’s justice ultimately be served? If we honor God in our response, we remove ourselves from the path of His vengeance. When wronged, we must determine to not allow the offense to be repeated through our own actions.
If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you. Above all, don’t give birth to sin yourself; rather, pray for those who persecute you. God will one day turn your persecution into praise. – Warren Wiersbe