topic 125: Reasons Why Responding With Love Is The Best Way To Revenge

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of America said, “am I not destroying my enemies by creating friendship with them?” This is a simple rhetorical question from a man of wisdom that understands the true meaning of life.

You conquer your enemies more, not by creating grudges, neither by showing hatred or reciprocating evil, but by showing them love beyond their expectation (It sound stupid? But that is the true way!). Although the pain they inflicted on you may
last a short while, theirs
can be forever.

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The great Indian activist and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi also said “an eye for an eye will make the whole world go blind”. The more reason why evil is predominant in our society is not just because some people are naturally wicked, but also because, the majority of the people have been disoriented, misled and corrupted, and thus always trying to seek for revenge of the pain they have been caused. They may either try to revenge on the person that did them evil, or they may try to transfer their vengeance to any other innocent person that comes their way. This mentality is absolute naiveness for those who are wise enough to understand the true meaning of life.  Mahatma Gandhi also said, “anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding”.

Has it ever happened to you when you backbite, offend or lie at someone, but the person yet smiled back at you or probably he or she responded back with a hug? Such a person has successfully won over you. The pain of the guilt you feel within is much more than the pain you caused the fellow. Let us visit the holy scriptures, reading from the books of Romans 12: 19-20; it says: Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’. Verses 20: on the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink: for in so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head”

Even the Book of Proverb 25: 21-22 affirm this. It says: if your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. (22) In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord shall reward thee. Is hope alive?

Finally, let me leave you with this: anywhere you see love, the place is always full of life. A life filled with the absence of hatred and mind for vengeance is filled with life and no regret. This life is too simple for you to wallow for long in the thought of vengeance; beside everything is vanity! Life itself is vanity, so mellow and take it with ease. Good luck!
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