"Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men." - Romans 12:17
When settling scores becomes a man's second nature, little does he realise that he is actually settling for less. When it's considered a norm to take revenge, such an act can be equated to un-Christlike approach in handling offense. Chances exist that while attempting to settle a score, you may end up scoring an own goal that may leave a bitter taste in your mouth and make you to twist in endless regrets. Warren Wiersbe, an American Theologian, wrote, "As Christians we can live on one of three levels. We can return evil for good, which is the satanic level. We can return good for good and evil for evil, which is the human level. Or, we can return good for evil, which is the divine level. Jesus is the perfect example of this latter approach."
When King Saul knew he was done for and up for replacement as king over Israel, he sought to kill David, whom the Lord chose in his stead. On the flip side, David had at many times ministered to the king to undermine the evil spirit afflicting his soul. While David was on the move to get out of the harm's way, King Saul was scheming to kill him. However, David didn't allow his default human mechanism to co-opt him into fighting against the king, whom he regarded as the Lord's anointed. Hence, he purposefully kept his military capability as an indomitable man of war on the sidelines while allowing the Lord God to take the stage towards delivering him from the high-handed king.
David disinclined to have a face off with King Saul and gave no thought to usurp the kingdom from him. In the end, God delivered David from King Saul who later died a shameful death while on his mission to kill David. In the last analysis, David became king over Israel in his stead. Do you know that you can break the cycle of evil by choosing not to pay evil for good or evil for evil; and that it pays off if you allow God to fight your battle? When others follow in your footsteps, the widespread of evil would be undermined in the world. If you aren't paying good for evil, you need to allow God to work in you while you work out His grace to refrain from serving revenge for evil done to you, but rather to take the high road, which is the divine level where God meets up with you to reward you for the godliness of your action.