Romans 12:19 - Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY, saith the Lord.
My husband and I went to the movies yesterday as part of our date night. The movie we chose to see ( I want tell you the name just in case you haven't seen it yet), was a good example of what can happen to us if we allow evil to take root in our hearts.
The star actor in the movie had witnessed a loved one being killed as well as being shot himself. He spent several years in prison, and upon being released, he started a killing spree on all those who participated in the death of the loved one. One by one he committed these violent acts in an effort to avenge the death.
What I thought was really interesting was that he didn't committ these violent acts on his own behalf, but on behalf of the loved one. And that instead of letting go of the anger and bitterness that he was harboring while in jail, he allowed it grow and grow by meditating on it day and night.
The Bible tells us in Roman 12:21, be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. The way to do this is to replace those negative thoughts, images, and visions with the Word of God. God knew what we would encounter in our lifetime. That's why we have the bible as our guideline to help us to be more than conquerors just as it says in Romans 8:37. If we would meditate on God's Word instead of on how to get revenge, we will be able to overcome evil with good.
Psalms 1:1-2 says, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scournful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
What are you meditating on? The next time you encounter an hurtful situation, and you feel that you just can't let it go, remember what can happen it you allow evil to take root. (A life of pain, unforgiveness, dicontentment, bitterness, etc.). Do you really want that?
Romans 12:17-18 - Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.