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As far as the east is from the west we should put hatred and revenge from us. This paraphrase of Sunday's psalm nicely sums up the lesson of our scripture readings this week. Holidng grudges or seeking revenge does not make us happy and does not lead us to fullness of life.
Most of us have thought about revenge at one time or another. It is an almost instinctive reaction when we perceive that someone has wronged us. The co-worker who takes credit for our successful project. The driver who cuts us off in traffic. Maybe even a family member who treats us poorly. Some people would say, "don't get angry, get even."
But Jesus teaches that instead of getting even, we need to reconcile with the offender to make the relationship whole again. This is not a sign of weakness but one of strength, because it is often harder to love than to hate.
The lasting peace of forgiveness is much stronger than the fleeting satisfaction of revenge. Peace be with you.