young and naïve

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child." [1 Corinthians 13: 11]

right in my own eyes

"There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death." [Proverbs 14: 12]

a lesson learned

"For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,' and again, 'The Lord will judge His people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." [Hebrews 10: 30–31]

me against myself

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand." [Ephesians 6: 11-13]

love your enemies

"I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." [Matthew 5: 44]

when reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure

"Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, 'I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.' If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good." [Romans 12: 17-21]