Maturity is the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even. (Quoted in a Dear Abby, column)

This newspaper quote closely reflects a biblical principle. Most of us are eager to get even with someone who offends us, and we’ll go out of our way to render our own kind of justice. We don’t realize that “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” was not a requirement but a limit for retaliation. When we retaliate, we often hurt ourselves more deeply than our offender.

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)