Text:“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:15.
In time of old, God allowed His people to avenge wrongs done to them. However, they still followed laid down procedures by allowing judges to look into the matter. But there were still highly recommended examples when people of God did not revenge wrongs done to them. David was a man of great courage and faith in God. King Saul, full of envy over David's growing popularity made desperate attempts to kill him but God protected him. When David had the opportunity to kill Saul, he refused to do so saying that he would not put forth his hand against the Lord's anointed. (1 Samuel 24:1-15; 26:6-25) David repaid the evil deeds of Saul to him with extreme kindness. In one of such encounters the Bible states: “And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil. And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.” (1 Samuel 24:17,18) King Saul later died in disgrace.
This is a great lesson for us to refrain from harming those who are opposed to us. We pray that those who are given to taking vengeance would change their ways and practise righteousness for their own good.