Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:17-21 (NASB)
When someone does evil to you, don’t repay them in kind. Respect what is right, and make peace with others where you can. Let God have His vengeance – because He will.
When someone does evil to you, do good to them instead, and they may feel the pain of remorse and guilt. In this way, you overcome evil.
If you repay evil with evil, you will be overcome by evil.
We are called to do good, to do right. God will repay men’s evil. Vengeance belongs only to Him.
Don’t take revenge. Have respect for what’s right. Make peace.
Only His grace gives us the capability to overcome evil with good.