If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:19-21
I’m not talking about national security, but rather interpersonal relationships, business dealings, and love. What do I do when someone mistreats me, sins against me, or spitefully uses me? I start with my part, in so much as it depends on me… I am to set an attitude that I will reconcile and forgive. The second step is to give up the right to retaliate. And then… I love this “leave room for the wrath of God”. What? Is Paul saying, let God sort it out, not me? I think so. In other words, God promises to do it better than us. So what am I to do? The opposite- feed him and satisfy his thirst with a drink. I am to attend to his basic needs. The long result is that evil is overcome by good.
Is there anyone who has mistreated me that I need to respond to in a proactive way to meet their needs?
God, only You could bring this kind of universal solution to our tendency toward evil and harm to each other. Thank you that You are the judge of the world and I am not. May I be a person who finds peace with others and advocates for it in others.