Retaliate Not!


Retaliation is the fruit of entitlement and bitterness.

A deeply rooted pride of self formed rights.  It’s a seething, always simmering right below the surface behavior that silently finds ways to justify and punish when the emotionally and spiritually immature individual loses a form of control or loss of attention on demand.

Jesus didn’t retaliate….

…. He was shamed, talked about, ridiculed, blamed, abandoned…

when He needed love and kindness the most.


… He endured the cross, so that in hope, those whom He would save, would never retaliate.

“Not returning evil for evil or retaliation for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might, in humility inherit a blessing,”   1 Peter 3:9.


In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©

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Retaliate Not! — 2 Comments

  1. Very TRUE!  I have failed that lesson more than once and passed it more than once.  I must say though, I like to remind Jesus that he had a wonderful mother and father and to please forgive me.  Growing up with a narsaccitic mother and no father, and positioned for shame and rejection is tough.  It is hard to get all emotionally together and live out your life from a place of emotional maturity and health. it takes time.  Thank you for your truth.  it is always convicting.