We can relate to the reaction of some US soldiers in Afghanistan. A troop member received a Dear John letter. He was devastated. To add insult to injury, his girl wrote, “Please return my favorite picture of myself because I would like to use that photograph for my engagement picture in the county newspaper.” Ouch! But his buddies came to his defense. They went throughout the barracks and collected pictures of all the other soldiers’ girlfriends. They filled an entire shoe box. The jilted soldier mailed the photos to his ex-girlfriend with this note: “Please find your enclosed picture and return the rest. For the life of me I can’t remember which one you were.”MAX LUCADO
Lucado is very funny! He makes a serious point though. Revenge is very tempting to all of us. In our heart of hearts we believe she got what she deserved!
It takes something extraordinary to reorient our hearts to see that none of us get what we deserve from God. And that is good thing because the wages of our sins is death, but God through his love has lavished his grace on us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And that really should be our template in human relationships! We must replace revenge with God's love and grace.