Should You Take Revenge Into Your Own Hands

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Should You Take Revenge Into Your Own Hands?

It can be very tempting to take revenge on others especially when they have hurt you or betrayed you.

Take a look at the quotes below for example:

“They say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?” Mindy Kaling

“To exact revenge for yourself or your friends is not only a right, it’s an absolute duty.” Stieg Larsson

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.” Heinrich Heine

The quotes above may sound like the right thing to do especially in a fit of anger and hurt but in reality taking revenge lead’s to a dangerous path of destruction.

In my experiences of life, I have often found that revenge destroys the person trying to revenge much more badly as compared to the person they are trying to get even with.

The quotes below vividly describe my sentiment’s in this regard:

“The problem with revenge is that it never evens the score. It ties both the injured and the injurer to an escalator of pain. Both are stuck on the escalator as long as parity is demanded, and the escalator never stops.” Lewis B. Smedes

“Revenge can only be found on the road to self-destruction.” Wayne Gerard Trotman

“Revenge is not worthy of you. If you concentrate on revenge, you will keep those wounds fresh that would otherwise have healed.” Adeline Yen Mah

I have seen so many people engage in dangerous and painful habits, behaviors, actions simply because they were so revenge-driven and in their blind rage, ended up destroying themselves as their victims went on to prosper and to lead happy lives.

Next time you are tempted to take revenge, please don’t.
The best course of action, when you feel like getting even is to leave the person and situation to God.

Pray for whoever has hurt you. Bless instead of curse because the word of God commands us to behave this way.
Leave whoever has hurt you to God and let God deal with the situation, his way and in his own time.

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven;

Matthew 5:43-45

Why should you get your hands dirty when Jesus already said he will avenge your cause?

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:19

So, Should You Take Revenge Into Your Own Hands?

Absolutely not. Relax yourself and leave it in God’s hands. Take it to Jesus. And see what happens.

Jules