“Do not try to punish others when they wrong you, but wait for God to punish them with His anger.” Romans 12:19
We have all heard the song, “Let It Go!” from the movie Frozen. I daresay, if you’re a parent…you’ve heard it at least a thousand times! There is much truth in this statement. If we don’t learn to get past bad experiences in our lives…and let them go…we will be frozen, stuck in the past, and never move on to experience all that God has for us!
This morning, I was reading my devotional, and it was talking about how high the cost of getting even can be…especially to the one seeking vengeance.
I’ve been on both sides. In my younger years, I was wronged many times. At one point in my life, I became the ‘Lone Rider’, seeking revenge on all those who had wronged me. I use the term, ‘Lone Rider’, because no one could stand to be around me. The hate and bitterness spewing from me was fierce! At times, I couldn’t even stand myself!
It took many years for me to realize this anger I held was destroying ONLY me. The folks who had wronged me, were either unaware that they had done so, or, they didn’t care. It was eating me alive…but they were unaffected. They were living life, moving ahead, and seemingly happy with themselves. I, on the other hand, could barely function. Everyday for me began by trying to strategize on how to settle the score. I wallowed in self-pity. I had no rest, and happiness for me was on the distant horizon.
Even though I was justified in wanting their debt to me settled, they did not agree.
Finally, I decided to put them in God’s hands and let go of my anger. It dawned on me that even if they were to apologize, it would not change the things I had gone through.
I wasted many years trying to be a debt settler, but anger can cripple you. Don’t do the same…learn to let go! Learn to let God right your wrongs. Learn to live and be happy!
REMEMBER; “Two wrongs NEVER make a right!”
By: Anita Mondragon