But here is where we often falter. If someone has offended us or treated us unjustly, our natural response is to react from our emotion. "How dare they..." But emotion--more often than not--will lead us astray. Our hearts are deceptive, as the prophet Jeremiah defined. Without a stance on the Rock secure, we may very well dig ourselves into our own pit.
God can be trusted as our Avenger. I want to say that again. The God of the universe can be trusted as our Avenger. He perceives and understands completely. He sees the beginning from the end. He is always working out His will. He is ever-patient, motivated by love, and perfectly-just. Perfectly just. Our victory comes as we believe and allow Him to fight for us, rather than grabbing our haphazard swords and running into battle.
I was in 1 Samuel 25 this morning. David had been wronged by a certain man named Nabal--defined as a scoundrel--and he was about to take matters into his own hands. But his faithful Father thwarted his plans and avenged Nabal Himself. David's response explains it all, "Blessed be the Lord, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil! For the Lord has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head." (25:39)
God is big enough, wise enough, and powerful enough to avenge. Instead of planning the destruction of our offender, we should get on our knees and pray that God would show mercy and redeem their heart. He sees, and He cares.