- Yes, he pulled out in front of you [action], but is tailgating him any better [reaction]?
- Sure, she embarrassed you [action], but is slandering her any better [reaction]?
- Yep, he lied to you [action], but is harboring a lifelong grudge any better [reaction]?
- Okay, she tripped you [action], but is slapping her any better [reaction]?
- That pastor betrayed your confidence [action], but is assassinating his character any better [reaction]?
“Vengeance is a passion to get even. It is a hot desire to give back as much pain as someone gave you. … The problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants; it never evens the score. Fairness never comes. The chain reaction set off by every act of vengeance always takes its unhindered course. It ties both the injured and the injurer to an escalator of pain. Both are stuck on the escalator as long as parity is demanded, and the escalator never stops, never lets anyone off.” —Lewis Smedes
“But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you. When someone slaps your right cheek, turn and let that person slap your other cheek.” —Jesus Christ