We have all had an experience where someone has made us angry. When somebody crosses us and gets us angry what is the first word that comes to our mind… REVENGE. Its the word that hurts, destructs and kills. But if we are being completely honest we all want some sort of revenge on the person that hurt us.
Seeking that revenge that taste so good in the moment will not make the problem any better. In fact it will make it worse! Recently I had someone post an ad on craigslist with my phone number attached. I had hundreds of people calling me asking can they buy the item that was placed on the ad. I was furious! I couldn’t go one minute without getting a phone call or a text message for two days. I wanted one thing in the moment… revenge.
The thing I have come to realize is that it can be easy to let our emotions take us for a ride. Our emotions will tell us to take that revenge and make it good. When in reality, revenge will never give us peace.
We can not allow our emotions to control our behavior.
Taking the action that our emotions are begging us to take will hurt the other person and it will hurt us. It can leave us feeling guilty, dirty and shameful.
The Best Step To Take Instead Of Revenge.
Extending grace will always build bridges while extending revenge will always build anger.
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13)
It will seem hard in the moment to extend grace but grace prevails, revenge fails.