So not gonna lie, when someone deliberately, maliciously, intentionally hurts me–after I stop hurting–I am ready to fight back. I think of ways to “bring justice” or to “ensure they don’t do this to someone else.” Surely, God knows MY deliberate intentions are pure. Speaking candidly, in my head, I can find ways to justify revenge for pain inflicted. Just one problem…it’s not my job. It may SEEM like my job. There are a myriad of rationalizations I can and have come up with. But simply put, God said, “ Beloved…for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’says the Lord.” Not to long ago, I had to decide if I was going to obey this or not and trust God or not. Here’s where I landed: if I was going to take revenge, I was choosing to elongate the pain and hurt and I had to wrestle with one bvious question, “Is it worth it?”  I decided it wasn’t.  I’ve also learned to pray for the one who hurt me. In a weird way, it is a way of justice. They may have hurt me, they may have taken something away, but that was the ceiling to their control. I am praying for them…and they can’t stop that! Please know I am still in learning-mode, but I hope this encourages someone today.

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