It has never been that easy for me. I like to talk about what is bothering me. I allow my mind to dwell on situations that hurt or angered me. In fact, sometimes, I just lay in bed at night and allow the instant replay of whatever the issue is, to play over and over and over again in my mind. This is not good. It does not produce anything good in my life either. It only builds up more unpleasant memories and fills me full of resentment. Then the more angry I get, the more desire I have to somehow take revenge on the person who has hurt me. After all, they deserve what is coming to them, right? Revenge is sweet. Isn’t that what they say? Revenge seems to be popular these days. We even have a television show called, Revenge, to help us learn how it works. But, this is not how the Lord works.
Romans 12 is a great chapter in the New Testament that offers some instruction for us on our thoughts and on revenge.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (vs. 1 -2, NKJV).
and then we read…
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord” (vs.17-19).
We renew our mind by the power of Gods Word. Knowing how He intended for us to handle the circumstances and situations we face in life is key to the instruction of verses 17-19. Our human nature wants revenge, but, we are told that is God’s job, not ours.
If I keep my thoughts focused on God and ask Him to show me how to handle and do a little less dwelling on how I have been wronged it might be a much easier for me to obey Romans 12:21 which says; “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
That is exactly how I want to live, overcoming evil instead of allowing it to overcome me. Then when someone asks me, "What are you thinking about?" I can easily and honestly reply, "nothing."