There’s an interesting section of scripture in 2 Timothy 4:14 which says, “Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.” I recently heard a sermon on this passage and one of the points was that everyone has an Alexander. Everyone has someone who has hurt them, who has created a place in their hearts that is angry, vengeful, and wrong. When Paul writes to Timothy, he expresses his frustration with Alexander and Paul certainly doesn’t give him a glowing character reference. Yet, the response to that frustration is, “The Lord will repay him for what he has done.”


It reminds me of when the scripture says, “Vengeance is mine says the Lord.” It’s not our job to pay people back. When people have hurt or harmed us, or have harmed our families or our ministries, it’s not our job to fix that. Our job could be to simply let the Lord repay them for what they’ve done. I’d like to add, there are some people with whom we are called to reconcile. We are called to go to talk to them and be with them. There are also some situations where we need to simply say, “You know what? I’m going to let the Lord take care of this.”