Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. Matthew 5:39
As Christians we are being taught not to take revenge. We also know we reap what we sow. Revenge was said to leave it to the hands of God. Jesus did not take revenge on those who nailed him on the cross. Instead he said, ” Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. ” Jesus had not been revengeful.
With principle he taught; do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left check too. And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one kilometer, carry it two kilometers. When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.
The world’s teaching is; an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. Yet, Jesus taught the opposite. It did not mean Christians are to be despised, timid or without principle. We are actually learning to give way so as to be wise, strict and righteous.
To be like Jesus, when answering the High Priest was slapped by one of the guards said, ” If I have said anything wrong, tell everyone here what it was. But if I am right in what I have said, why do you hit me? ”
Jesus, the Son of God, man of principle and righteousness showed himself standing his ground when faced with inaccurate accusation. He was not revengeful, yet bold for being the Son of God.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.