I was waiting in line to check out in a store the other day and when it became my turn another customer literally walked right in front of me and took my turn. The cashier knew I was next. The customer even knew I was next. I had been standing there waiting patiently for minutes.
However, neither one acknowledged me. No one apologized. The cashier graciously helped the other customer and when she finished with her she said to me, “Now, how may I help YOU?”
Romans 12:17-19 in the Message says this. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
Unfortunately, there are times when God allows us to be mistreated. It can come from a family member, a coworker or in my case, a stranger. The question for us is what does God want us to do when we feel wronged in a very personal way? Romans gives us our answer. “Don’t insist on getting even.” Even if we don’t see God’s discipline immediately and it seems like they’re getting away with it, we have to trust what He says and He’s going to take care of it.
So, the next time someone does evil against you, I know it’s hard not to but don’t try to get even. Let Him handle them. For God will make your enemies your footstool. Not so that you can step on them, but so that you can rise above them. To not be bitter, but be better.