Give grace back instead of payback

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Rom. 12:17

Payback might be satisfying but it’s not really honorable. A humanly honest reaction to an offense is not always the most truth-filled response. Honor rises above feelings of anger, resentment or vengeance to bring an honest portrayal of Christ’s grace. Grace attacks evil itself while offering an alternative to people acting under the influence of evil. Payback just pushes people further into evil and makes us participants in it ourselves.

Lord help me to give grace back instead of payback.