Sometimes we think that our action is a retaliation of the wrongs we suffered from others. We often say, “Sure, what I did was wrong, but didn’t he deserve it?” Well, maybe so, but don’t we all deserve punishment?

The behavior of others is really not an excuse for our own. Those who wronged us will ultimately be held accountable for their wrongdoing.

The Bible says that vengeance belongs to God. Our responsibility is only for our own behavior. As long as we harbor bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts, we will continue to be tormented by our fears and painful memories.

Excerpted from John Barbour’s 12 Steps to Serenity Album