Welcome my friend! Come on in for a time of reflection over a cuppa together.
Have you ever wanted to right an injustice that you or another has suffered?
Recently, I had a conversation with a group of ladies about injustices suffered at the hands of others. Then that night a program caught my attention as it was about avenging an injustice.
Many of us have suffered injustices in our lives…haven’t we, quite often perpetrated by the ones we trusted most!
But what we do with an injustice is the key to our mental & spiritual wellness!
Before we continue, let’s grab our cuppa’s & get comfy, mine is one of my ol’ favorites today.
A Lady Grey tea because it’s one of those days when you just need a comforting ol’ favorite with a delicious gf Date & Ginger slice.
What is injustice anyway?
The definition of injustice is;
a lack of fairness or justice in a situation.
It’s quite often the unfairness part that really gets to us, isn’t it! The way we or another have been unfairly treated in the situation.
A righteous anger bubbles up from deep within us, for the pure injustice of it all! Thoughts race to how we can right the situation to hold those accountable for the injustice committed!
With thoughts of how dare they & they’re just not going to get away with this!
Which can lead to wandering into thoughts of avenging the injustice or maybe even venturing into vengeful thoughts!
“Revenge is a dish best served cold”
Have you heard that old saying? It was quoted in the program I watched the other night.
But what does it actually mean?
It means that revenge is more satisfying when it is not done in the heat of the moment but exacted through precise planning & timing. Ah!
This brings us to revenge itself, what is revenge?
The definition of revenge is;
the action of hurting or bringing harm to someone in return for an injury or a wrong suffered at their hand.
Hmmmm! Let’s read that again shall we…
Revenge is the action of hurting or harming someone in return for a wrong suffered at their hand!
Hmmm! Thought provoking…isn’t it!
What vengeful thoughts do…
Through experience as a mental health professional, I’d like to share an observation or two of the reality of that old saying & what enacting it actually does to a precious mind & spirit.
When vengeful thoughts come, they most often take up residence, demanding our complete attention becoming the prime focus of one’s life.
They are there on waking, when at work, when spending time with family, they are the last thing on the mind at night, often stealing much needed sleep.
They stall any progress of healing from the injustice suffered.
Planning revenge is like mixing quick setting concrete, it quickly hardens the heart with a chilling coldness that creeps into both mind & spirit.
Let’s look at that old saying once again shall we..
“Revenge is a dish best served cold“
You see the emphasis, the heart has to turn cold to be able to serve a dish of revenge upon another person.
Remembering, revenge is the act of hurting or harming someone!
But what about holding them accountable, Jennifer!
Accountability & revenge are two very different things, my friend.
Too many times I have counseled people who appeared to want “accountability” for an injustice suffered. Only to find a desire for revenge, once the mask for accountability was lifted!
Please note, if a criminal act has been perpetrated, your nation’s Justice system absolutely needs to hold the perpetrator accountable!
Rather, what I’m saying here is that we need to look into the motive of our own heart.
We have choices when we suffer an injustice…
Let’s make this personal…
Many years ago, I had a medical procedure that through the physician’s negligence caused the death of my unborn son Benjamin & my own heart to fail, you can read the account Here
However, I had the following choices;
- To pursue a legal battle for compensation as a medical negligence case (though no amount of compensation could bring my son back).
- To continue leaving it in the hands of The Australian Medical Board for accountability of the physician, so this wouldn’t happen to another expectant mother & child.
- To forgive the physician.
I sought my heavenly Father in prayer for clear direction, as I was extremely distraught, grieving the loss of my only son Benjamin & reeling in the absolute unfairness of it all.
This is the answer I received…
“Don’t avenge your case, that’s not for you to do. Leave room for me to work. I do the judging, I’ll take care of it.” says the Lord.
Romans 12:19 (paraphrased)
What God called me to do…
I can tell you now dear friend, that it was not easy to come to that place of forgiveness but it was necessary.
You see I could have chosen to go down the path of legal pursuit. But that choice for me at the time was not God’s will for my life.
It took God’s almighty love, grace & strength given to me in great measure, for me to come to that place of forgiveness.
And it was totally freeing!
As unforgiveness holds us bound to the perpetrator.
Where God’s forgiveness breaks those bonds completely.
Allowing God & the appropriate authorities to deal with our injustice leaves room for God to not only work in the life of the perpetrator but us as well.
Forgiveness brought peace of mind & I was able to get back to fully concentrating on raising my beautiful young daughters, who are now all amazing women of whom I’m exceedingly proud.
We need to check where we’re at when experiencing the pain of injustice my friend.
If we find ourselves getting stuck in vengeful thoughts. Then seek help, remember God’s door of prayer is always open to you!
And for professional help please seek a Counselor or pastor in your area.
Until next time,
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