Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. (Lewis B. Smedes, late seminary professor)

As noted elsewhere, often our natural human response is to try to get even with someone who has offended us. Until we can “get even,” however, we are continually overcome with thoughts about how and when we can do it. Too often the result is that we are far more concerned and worried about the wrong done to us than the offender is. What a waste of emotional energy!

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord (Romans 12:19).