"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." Romans 12:19
IN JESUS TODAY!
So what then? If we must withhold our revenge, if we must restrain ourselves in a hostile world that seeks to harm us, and if we cannot avenge ourselves, what then shall we do? What?! Did you say, give to them the Five Star treatment? Does anyone here realize what they have done? Beloved friends, as Christians, we must behave ourselves differently than savages! We have been set apart to be leaders, to set the example, and to tell the world how Jesus does things. Of these Five Stars, they are, 1. "Recompense to no man evil for evil, provide things honest in the sight of men." Romans 12:17 - Clearly Jesus is the truth, as in the way, the truth, and the life! And the truth shall set us free! Clearly the truth is good, and not evil, so give to them the truth! 2. "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men." Romans 12:18 Peace is taking the High Road, choosing to be the better person, and choosing to represent God! He is the God of all peace, and Jesus is our Prince of Peace! 3. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:" Romans 12:19 We don't need to take wrath into our own hands, because we are unskilled and we will always cause more damage to ourselves than to our enemy, we must leave this part of response unto God, if we give place to wrath, allowing God,who is highly skilled to avenge us to do so, this will be his perfect vengeance! 4. "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him drink, for in so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." Romans 12:20 This heaping action is the activating agent that starts the vengeance of God, we need only to allow God to do it his way, he will repay! But this, only after we have shown to God that we have shown our enemies our desire for peace. And finally, the fifth star, 5. "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21 Let any ideas of retaliation be far removed from your thoughts. If we allow their retaliations or evil actions to affect our actions of good, then we are overcome with evil, but rather let us overcome their evil by doing good unto them! God will settle the rest, Trust God and do good!
This is how it is, we must be willing to go to the level that they take us, and still do good unto them! We must let go of our emotions, and allow God to work for us! He will defend! Remember be kind, to seek peace, and to always tell of God's truth! Then we can let the chips fall where they may! In this, Jesus will be glorified!