Paybacks

Ivan Lewis cheated on his wife, Sonya.  It was a bad move for two reasons.  One, it’s wrong to cheat on your wife.  Two, Sonya drives a hard bargain.  She told Ivan that if he wanted to win her back, he would have to get 10,000 “likes” on a Facebook photo of himself holding a sign that says, I cheated on my wife.

The last time I checked the page, he had 13,772 “likes,” so I guess these two lovebirds are back together.  You can see the page here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=721837897842053&set=a.407589515933561.114636.100000475483082&type=1

I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that this marriage hasn’t seen the end of its trouble.  They may be back together for the moment, but with his wandering eye and her apparent passion for retribution through public humiliation, I don’t see a bright future.

Has someone cheated on you?  Mistreated you?  Taken advantage of you?  If so, please don’t subject that person to public humiliation (or any other kind of retribution).  You may feel justified in doing so and it might soothe your hurt feelings temporarily, but it won’t please God.  The apostle Paul said, “Never take revenge.  Leave that to the righteous anger of God.  For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge.  I will pay them back,’ says the Lord.”  (Romans 12:19)

One of the hardest things for us to believe is that God does paybacks better than we do.  I’ve noticed that even the least creative people can formulate fascinating ways to get back at the scoundrels who’ve hurt them.  You have to admit, ten thousand humiliating “likes” on Facebook is pretty inventive. (If I ever meet Sonya, I’m going to do everything in my power not to upset her.)

But paybacks are like sunsets: nobody does them better than God.  Go back and read the story of Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 42-45) and you’ll see that he is genius with this stuff.  Nothing you could ever think of would be as perfect as what God will dream up for your antagonist.

So quit plotting, throw away your blueprints and battle plans, and sit back and enjoy the show.

 

 

 

 

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