How we respond when others offend us not only speaks to our spiritual maturity (or lack thereof), but also may be an indicator of how God will deal with us.. for it is to the MERCIFUL that God shows His mercy. BE VERY CAREFUL, then, to refrain from vindictiveness… having a “payback” spirit does not honor God! Instead, we are to imitate our Heavenly Father, who “does not treat us as our sins deserve nor does he repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
And listen… I’m right there with you! I can’t tell you how many times I have succumbed to retaliation and vengeance… because, you understand, “I ain’t no punk” (have you ever said similar words?). Some of us remember the old Jhoon Rhee commercial: “NOBODY boddas ME!” WELL… if I’m being honest, I’ve said that a time.or ten lol. But vindictiveness and retaliation reeks of the flesh… that old nature that the Bible teaches that rages against the Spirit… and is representative of a heart that is not submitted to God.
So… when we are feeling like we got punked, and we want to “return the favor”… when we want to retaliate with a show of strength (physically or intellectually) and let folk know that “NOBODY boddas US”.. we would do well to remember the words of the Old Testament prophet Micah, who said, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to LOVE MERCY and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
When do you feel that you most struggle with showing mercy?