“The old law of an “eye for an eye” was designed to maintain some kind of order among a barbarous people. It was better than nothing. Actually, it has formed the foundation of a moral code which is still evident in modern civil and criminal law. The old law has been modified in our sophisticated modern sense of public justice. But human feelings are still sensitive to the old-law justice. We still reveal the tendency to want to “get even,” to level things up somehow when we have been hurt.
So you want to get even? That is a perfectly normal desire. However, you must know that there is only one way to get even with another who has wronged you: love him and bless him and forgive him. You may hold a person in enmity for the rest of your days, reminding yourself continually of what he did to you. But every time you display this enmity, you are holding up your manacles and saying, “See, I am making him pay the price.” But you have become a slave in the process. The only way you can get even is to take off the manacles. Get rid of your enmity, and you can go free. This may be a bitter pill, but it is one of the most important lessons of life.”
Eric Butterworth, in “Discover the Power Within You”
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