Revenge is not the appropriate Biblical response for a person’s sin against you.
1. Christians don’t repay sin with more sin! We are called to be compassionate.
1 Pt. 3:8-18 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
2. We should not gossip, but seek peace.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
3. Pray and commit them who do evil to the Lord. You are never out of His care!
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”
4. Realize that it is a privilege to suffer on the Lord’s behalf. Our job is to maintain a consistent walk during the persecution.
“But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”
5. God may use your Biblical response to sin as a means of bringing others to Christ.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
LESSON - Judgment for sin Is the responsibility of governmental authorities and God Himself. Rendering evil for evil accomplishes nothing good and brings no glory to God. Our job is to maintain a consistent walk with Him, believing that He is in control of the circumstances of life. The rewards we receive in Heaven for our faithfulness during persecution will be well worth the trouble we experienced! Remain faithful!!