Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and He shall save thee (Prov 20:22)~~ Is revenge really sweet? Your spirit and the world say it is. But God says it is sin. Who will you believe? Rather than take things into your own hands regarding your enemies, let the LORD take care of them. When someone hurts us, the natural response is anger and thoughts of self-defense and revenge. We react immediately, instinctively, and violently. Mankind loves to fight and war. Rather than overlook offenses, we want to repay. Rather than forgive wrongs, we can hold a grudge forever. “The poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known” (Rom 3:13-17). Revenge comes from pride: a humble man does not worry about repaying evil. Revenge is blinding: it can easily lead to horrible crimes, even including murder. The blinding rage of revenge perverts our ability to perceive, understand, and judge correctly. It destroys wisdom. And it leads to sinful actions. Rather than returning evil for evil, a wise man will return good for evil, thus avoiding the blinding danger of grudges and revenge, calming his enemies with kindness and patience, and glorifying God in a difficult matter. We should not think about revenge, not even in our hearts, not even when evil befalls our enemies from other sources. God condemns any joy when our enemy falls (Pr 24:17-18). We must be careful how we respond to people, even those that hurt us. We must treat them as we want them to treat us, not as they “have” treated us (Luke 6:27-36). The best revenge is to leave enemies to God. He is most fair, His judgments most awful. Vengeance is His: He will repay. Only the Lord can create and sustain a loving and peaceful spirit in a man, so that anger and revenge are only fleeting thoughts of foolishness. Faith in God is the cure, for He will always take care of His own. Believe it!