Vol.V No.XI Pg.3
January 1969

Ill Get Even!

Robert F. Turner

A few years ago, I listened while some preachers recounted their experiences with the brethren. Some had been cheated; some lied about. One had been run out of town. Others had been sadly abused in many ways. They told some pitiful stories.

Of course, a board has two sides, and one might become suspicious of a preacher who always (or never) has trouble with the brethren. The brethren might have an interesting story to tell also. In fact, there are one or two contrary preachers even I have trouble getting along with — as good natured as I am!

Unbiased history testifies that many good men have been mistreated. From the righteous prophets of old to the heroes of recent times, all have borne the scars of truths battles. No surprise; soldiers expect to be wounded. It is the wounds on their back —- inflicted by critical and worldly brethren — that hurt. They pierce to the heart.

I began to brood over my own experiences. The more I thought, the more determined I was to get even with the brethren for the way they treated me. I laid my plans, and I could hardly wait! There were some with whom I had a special score to settle. I watched every occasion. Now and then I would think my day had come and I would get even. No such luck! Foiled again! I never knew brethren could be so elusive.

The years have taught me patience. Few occasions have come to get even but I can wait. I surely will not forget. I must admit, however, it gets discouraging — waiting so long. But one of these days my chance will come; I will be ready and waiting.

I will treat them as they have treated me. I will even every score. Boy, will I enjoy it! Then I will lift up the hands which hang down (Heb. 12:12) and speak words of comfort and encouragement as they have done for me. I will provide for them as they have so long and so generously supported me. I will freely sacrifice of my time and energy for them as they have for me. I will be as helpful as they have been to me. Yes, I will even the score. Who says my revenge will not be sweet?

But I begin to wonder — yes, even doubt. Can I ever get even? There are so many people and deeds on the ledger — and the list is growing all the time.

Until my day comes, I will, as I have opportunity, do good to all men and especially to the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). I shall pray Above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in good health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 Jn. 2).

I will watch my opportunities to get even, but if my chance doesnt come, my Lord will even the score for me. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Heb. 6:10). He will see that you get what is coming to you. For this assurance I am thankful. Joe Fitch.