Let’s Get Even

Proverbs 20:22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.

The Bible is full of stories of people who had a reason to potentially  get even with someone. And that someone was usually someone very close.


In the story of Joseph and his brothers, when Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt looking for food, Joseph had the perfect opportunity and a good reason to get even. They had sold Joseph into slavery.

When Esau came to meet up with his brother, Jacob, after being separated for many years, he had a good reason to get even with his brother for having stole his birthright.

Notice both these men dealt with their opportunities to get even. It was as though their brothers had done them no wrong in both cases. They had moved past it. They had gotten over it. They had forgiven. They had moved forward with their lives.

More than anything they did not hold to  that burning desire to get even with someone else.

Today, you probably have somebody that you want to get even with.  I don’t think it’s possible not to have someone we can reach back in life and justify a good butt kicking for.

Then how do you deal with it?  You turn it over to the Lord for Him to handle.

Sometimes we’re not ready to absolutely forgive, but by at least giving it over to God and asking Him to intervene takes you to the first steps of freeing yourself from the weight and anger you may have experienced.

So, then how do we get even? We turn the matter over to the Lord to handle it for us. Only then will you begin to find forgiveness.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti


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