Today’s Scripture: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans do the same? Matthew 5:43-44, 46

After months of research and hard work, the bomb was finally ready. Engineered in such a way that it would be practically impossible to disarm, the package was ready to accomplish its purpose. The terrorist was very proud of his work and was content knowing that his revenge would be carried out. Set to go off at the perfect time, he was sure his vengeance would be timed down to the minute. So, he shipped it off. A few days later, he returned to his apartment one minute before the appointed bombing. His cohort in crime had promised to video the event. As the terrorist reached the last step before his door, he saw something very familiar. It was a package with a note attached to it which read: package returned to sender-not enough postage. It was the most explosive statement he had ever read.

I am sure that none of you reading this have any intent of concocting a letter bomb. But, there are moments when it feels like finding a little revenge would be a gratifying endeavor. People often find some of the most hurtful ways to offend each other in both word and action. There are situations when you just want to look up to Heaven and ask, “Lord, why did you allow this person to do this to me and get away with it? I really want to give that person a piece of my mind!”

Well, I’ve got news for you friend. We don’t have that many pieces of our minds left to lose, much less give away. I say we hold on to what we have and let the people that have offended us to find their own brains. All of that to say, there is truly no point to revenge. You stand nothing to gain and everything to lose by choosing to seek someone else’s hurt. Striving to find revenge is like trying to mail a bomb without enough postage on it…it is bound to end up back on your doorstep.

You may think I don’t understand the pain you have suffered from what others have said or done to you. I may not know exactly what it is that you have endured, but I can tell you I know what it is to be knocked down. So, what can you do when no one seems to be treating you right? What can you do that will actually make a bad day or a bad week so much better? You can choose to encourage, uplift, refresh and find ways to show God’s love to those around you. In the moment, it will feel like the hardest thing you have ever done. But, keep in mind that gaining the victory over evil has never been an easy task. Don’t let yourself become like the person who has hurt you, instead, become more like the One who gave His life for you. Only then can you have vengeance on revenge.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder