How do you handle it when you are provoked? No one likes to be picked on, prodded, or goaded into getting angry, but the worst thing we can do is give in to the temptation to retaliate. Sometimes we get the idea “I just want to get even” or “I just want them to suffer like they made me suffer” but those kind of responses are not the way of Christ. It is not our responsibility to dole out justice or retribution. Such is of the world. Instead, we are called to trust in God, for He is the God of vengeance and justice. We must trust that God will balance the scales at the end of the day and set everything right:
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Sometimes the best response to provocation is not to fight because, when you do, you may find yourself tumbling down with a fall from which you can’t recover…