Daddy God said, “My child, when someone mistreated you, or curse you, or speaks evil to you, you must not take it to heart. You must learn to digest it all. When people hate you, it is I whom they hated. In the same manner, if you also hate them, it is also I whom you hate. While if you love them, you are also loving Me. So you must always repay evil with good.”
Many of us are making an excuse of hating our fellows just because they hated us. Daddy God told me that if you hate them, you are also hating Him! Revenge is something that most people find so satisfying. People want to get even and to know that the other person got what they deserved. We want to hurt them the way they hurt us. We feel like because they hurt us we now owe them some hurt in return. In fact, usually it’s not enough to get even. People usually want to add more.
In the Old Testament, we can read that this is their policy or law. I believe it was designed to prevent someone from inflicting a harsher punishment than the criminal deserved. If somebody blinded someone, they shouldn’t be killed for it. They should be held accountable for only an eye. Many times these debts were paid with a cash settlement—whatever amount an eye or a tooth was worth. But the problem with this is people will always demand justice and to demand justice we want revenge. And revenge is sin.
By the time of Jesus, people had begun to misuse this law by quoting it as justification for taking revenge on another person. If they did something to you, then you were right to do the same back to them. That was never the intention of the law. So Jesus corrected this misuse.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”
Jesus told us that instead of repaying evil with equal or greater force, he urges us to repay evil with a completely different force — with good. Instead of paying back evil, we are called to pay back with kindness.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
We must not do evil just because someone did evil to us. If they did the wrong thing, we must do the right thing. Our God is a just and righteous God. Daddy God will take care of justice. We must leave everything to Him. We must not fight back. We should not retaliate or try to get even. We must learn to let go and quick to forgive.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
Many are unaware that they have planted bitterness in their hearts. They said that they already forgive their enemies but still they don’t want to talk or even see the person. Is that forgiveness? We say that we forgive them but we don’t want to talk to them or see their face forever? Daddy God has showered us with love so that we can love others. He has forgiven our sins to enable us to forgive those who will sin against us.
If we are still allowing bitterness in our hearts, then we are not dying to self. We must die to self. We must stop holding those feelings of self-pity and grudge. Release it, let it go! We must ask God to thicken our skins and hearts so we will not be affected no matter how grievous they treat us. If we are truly the children of God, then it must be shown in our actions.
“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17
“If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.” Proverbs 17:13
ALL GLORY TO GOD!