Seeking Revenge on Clients, Partners, Vendors and Employees that Wrong You

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I’ve had some bad clients do horrible things to me.  I’ve been stiffed for a $2500 invoice….still unpaid to today.  I’ve been insulted, bad mouthed, degraded, lied to, betrayed, and mocked.

The worst thing to ever happen to me was my biggest client going behind my back to offer my partner more money to go work directly for them.  That was brutal.

For weeks I plotted my revenge.  I schemed up ways to get back at the client.

When someone has wronged us or our businesses, we are often tempted to seek revenge. We may gossip, give them the “silent treatment,” or even retaliate.

We have a choice:
1) live our lives in the spirit
2) live our lives in the flesh

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In 1 Samuel 24:15 we read

“May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”

David refused to fight in the flesh, and left Saul’s judgment to the Spirit of God.

You’ll be tempted to seek revenge.  Your blood will boil.  The hurt will drive your mind to fantasize about 100 ways to retaliate.  But remember, you serve an amazing boss that is waiting to see just how much love and compassion (or restraint) you’re going to show.

Let it go.

I ended up doing nothing to retaliate.   In fact it ended up being a huge blessing…the end of one season and the beginning of another in my entrepreneurial career. A couple of months after this client went behind my back to take my partner was out of a job.  Don’t know what he’s up to today, but praying for him.

Imagine if we all just moved on and didn’t seek revenge and let God do His thing.

Godpreneur Rule #22: Live in the Spirit and allow God to be the judge.

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