“I’ll Get You For That!”
In my work with young people, I see many different motivators come and go, but probably none as strong as the one to “get back” at anyone who is perceived to have wronged them. No doubt we all are born with a sense of self, and a desire for self-preservation, but in my opinion, the “I’ll get you for that” syndrome is reaching epidemic proportions. Whether it’s fueled by TV, music, watching adults, or just the pride that’s in all of us acting out, I don’t know. What I do know is that someone truly submitted to the Spirit of God will not seek revenge, no matter how egregious the act against them. Instead, the Christian should operate in the way Christ acted when treated similarly. He turned the other cheek (and sometimes He thought to put some distance between himself and His would-be attackers).
“Finally, all of you live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:8-9