"Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord." NIV
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." KJV
Revenge is such a common response to the natural man who has been wronged or threatened in some way. The thing is, God always takes what Satan meant to destroy us and turns things into good for us. It is God who is the judge and the avenger of our enemies. If we try to get revenge we take God's rightful place as Judge away from Him and we make ourselves responsible. God will punish those who harm us and He is righteous in his judgment. He sees the whole picture, we don't, and He knows what needs to be done. Leave your desire for revenge with Him. He will take care of it.
Heavenly Father, so often we take matters into our own hand without even thinking that it is your position as judge and the avenger of our lives. Please forgive us when we try to take matters into our own hands. Only you see the whole picture and you are the only One who can make a righteous judgment in the situation. By your grace and mercy, help us to let you take care of these things for us, trusting you will work things out for our good and your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D.