Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Getting Even

There are two sayings I remember distinctly because of hearing them many times; one from my childhood and the other as an adult.

The first was said in anger. “I’ll get even.”

The second was said not in anger. “I don’t get mad, I get even.”

If there is any relative merit in these two sayings the badge goes to the first. Anger in kids does not last long, so the plan for revenge is short and soon forgotten. With the adult who does not get angry but meditates on revenge that is bad and long lasting.

There are two examples of the latter in fiction. In each case, the “hero” seems to have an unlimited amount of time and an unlimited amount of money to exercise his revenge. The books are The Count of Monte Cristo and Ben Hur. There is another book which says something different.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:17-21

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