Revenge: The Wrong Way to Pray


Don’t be so hard on others, because one day the gavel may fall down on you.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1–2, NIV).

Do you ever wish that certain people got what you felt they deserved—especially people who have wronged you? Do some people seem to get away with murder and not face any kind of punishment or repercussion?

You may have seen the cartoon with three panels:

  • Panel #1: A zealous character is praying to the Almighty. He says, “God, smite my worst enemy!”
  • Panel #2: The man praying this prayer is struck by lightning.
  • Panel #3: The man groggily says, “God, let me rephrase that!”

Be careful what you pray for, because sometimes you may find that your own worst enemy is yourself. Jesus Christ said, “Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge others you will be judged as well” (paraphrase).

I hope that today you won’t be so hard on others, because one day the gavel may fall down on you.

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