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Someone, sometime made you angry. Maybe it was this morning, last week or years ago. Maybe it was your boss, spouse, child or friend. You thought, “That’s it, I’m not going to invite him again; I won’t speak to her until she speaks to me.”

One of our natural responses to anger is to plot revenge. You may not think you’re a vengeful person, but have you avoided the person with whom you were angry? Have you stopped doing something nice for him you used to do? These are discreet attempts to retaliate and punish.

When we bear a grudge, we are breaking the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. Galatians 5:15 warns us, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

Revenge only comes back to bite us. And it’s disobedient. Jesus came to give us peace and help us live more peaceably with each other by loving and serving each other the way Jesus served — the way we want to be treated. When we obey Him, we all benefit. Put aside your anger and continue to “serve one another humbly in love”(Galatians 5:13).


  • Who have you been holding a grudge against? How have you been trying to punish that person?
  • How has your vengeful behavior come back to bite you? How might it?
  • How do you want to be loved? Pray for Jesus’s help to free you to wholeheartedly love and serve others as you want to be loved and served.

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