“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.” Proverbs 24:17, 18.
I live for the poetic justice that life flings at a jerk. We all know the gladdening of the heart that wells up within us and makes us want to say – you know it, “Ha, ha, ha!” God is calling us to a different reaction. Not only are we to obey Proverbs 24:29, “Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did,” if we have the chance; but when God takes care of the business and walks an enemy to the shed, we are not to delight in that.
That just sounds like a bummer deal. It therefore becomes an act of maturity and trust in God that the flesh will likely balk at.
This is the same heart behind Romans 12:20 which quotes Proverbs 25:21, 22, ““If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.”
Who do you need to do that with today?