When a person or a situation make you feel slighted or disrespected, we often feel motivated to strike back or get even. We want to take matters into our on hands to seek revenge. In most people, there are two schools of thought on revenge. The Bible, in Exodus 21:23, instructs us to “give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot” to punish an offender. But more than 2,000 years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., responded, “The old law of ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind.”
The thoughts behind revenge, depends on where you stand. Your thought generally depends on who and where you are in life. If you’re a power-seeker, revenge can serve to remind others you’re not to be trifled with. If you live in a society where the rule of law is weak, revenge provides a way to keep order.
But revenge comes at a price. Instead of helping you to move on with your life, it can leave you dwelling on the situation and remaining unhappy, while leaving you stuck in the past.
If you are considering revenge, it is a very natural human response to feeling slighted, but if you want to move forward in life you have to find another way to handle life’s unpleasantness. The easiest way to do this is to love, forgive and just let it go.