In 2014 I wrote an article titled Everybody is Somebody’s Jerk. We all have jerk moments. Maybe I’m just being a jerk and don’t even know it. Maybe someone else is being a jerk, and they don’t know it. Maybe I decide to teach them a lesson, which would be lost on them, because they have no idea what they did.
Or maybe they intended to be a jerk to me! But the Lord says, “Vengeance is Mine!” That activity is not included in my portfolio. God reserves that function for Himself, because only He knows when someone is just having a jerk moment or deliberately being evil.
And if they are being deliberately evil, one possible response you might have is having the satisfaction that God can do revenge better than you!
That, of course, would make you a jerk.
We should be forgiving, not vengeful! I recall seeing a co-worker I didn’t like getting screwed in a division reorganization. I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. Yeah, I didn’t like him. He really could be a jerk. But it was sad to see all the same.
Bottom line? Jerks abound! Let God sort it out. What function DOES live in our portfolio?