1 Peter 3:9
"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." ESV
Retaliation! Revenge! Get even! This is the same as trying to put out a fire with a blow torch or cleaning the mud off your feet by walking through a mud pit. All pointless wastes of time that only escalate evil. Overcoming evil with good is easier said than done, but we can choose to do it out of love for the Lord. Blessing are waiting for those who choose to crush evil with good.
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for all the times we return insult for insult, criticism or criticism. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit so that we will be ready to always return good for evil. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.