It is so easy to lash back. It is so easy to get even and return tit for tat. Our nature inside us screams that we do this. We want to make the other person look foolish and defeat them for any attack against us.
This is what we desire in situations when someone is against us. Take them out so they can never, or will never, do anything against us again.
Though this is how we feel, this is not how we are to act. Not if you are a Christian anyway. No, this is how the world acts and is. We as believers are to demonstrate what the Apostle wrote in Ephesians 4: 29, 31-32, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear…Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
When we look at what our forgiveness is and what we were forgiven of, nothing in this world is near it. Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Holy one, High King of Heaven came and died for us who were against God. He came and took beatings, was spit on, ridiculed, mocked, cursed, slapped, made to carry the tool of His torture, and then nailed to that tool to die. He did this for us so we could have eternal life with Him.
That is amazing and most wonderful news. He did not have to do that. No, He did it because He loved us so much that He decided to die for us. Now, that is amazing forgiveness. He died for us and was buried and raised again for the forgiveness of our sins.
Not only that but during His ill-treatment He never said a word in retaliation or a reviling manner to those who were doing that to Him.
So as we go about our day today when someone offends you say a prayer for them and send up Thanksgiving for yourself. Thank God for your forgiveness and pray for them to know the same forgiveness. When we act like this we are glorifying Christ and showing the world that Christians are different.
Some may call us weak. That is okay. Call me weak. I will proudly say as the Apostle did, “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9b-10). He said this because Christ told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9a).
So when the world calls you weak for not retaliating just say thank you because Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness. Vitriolic speech and hate-filled words are never appropriate for a believer. No matter what anyone says or does. God is our avenger and He will exact perfect justice. Trust Him and know He will certainly do that, however, that justice may not look as you think it should.