STOP AND THINK – Revenge reduces you to your worst self [and] puts you on the same level with those spiteful people we claim to abhor. (Judith Orloff, psychiatrist)
It seems like we’re born with a “get even” trait. When someone offends us, we want to get even—and more so. Most of us have discovered, however, that not much good comes from “getting even.” In fact, as Orloff says, it brings us down to the level of those who have mistreated us. It would be so much better to learn to forgive and forget.
If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them (Luke 17:3).