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The world is a troubling place. If you’ve had your eyes glues to the TV, you would have seen that evil is rife. We have terrorist attacks, unnecessary killings and more. So many upsetting factors in a short space of time can have a really negative effect on us if we allow it to. Lately, we’ve read about stories of revenge. Police officers have been killed and military coups have been attempted. When we feel like we’re being treated unfairly, how does God want us to respond? Here are 5 Bible verses that share God’s thoughts on revenge and unforgiveness.
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.