Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Getting Even

When someone is laid off in a large cooperation, security guards escort the person to their desk to gather their things. They remain with them until they leave the office. Computer passwords are changed immediately and at times locks changed. It can feel like an insult to those who have served the company with integrity. Unfortunately the corporation’s policies reflect the overall unscrupulous attitude of people in general. Employees have been known to sabotaged computers, steal files and generally wreak havoc when their jobs are terminated.

Colossians helps God’s children to resist the temptation of revenge. “But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25). That verse is for bosses and well as employees. God does not operate on the system of human payback. He does not accept excuses like, “He did this to me so he deserved what I did.”

God advices us not to allow someone else’s behavior to regulate ours (Romans 12:17-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 3:8-12).