Have you heard this? “I knew that would happen!” “S/he got what s/he deserved!” “Told ya!” There’s a word for enjoying another person’s consequences. Epicaricacy means ‘delight in another person’s misfortune’.
God has plenty to say about this and when that happens we can know where He stands on the issue and what He wants us to do about it. So let’s dig in…
God knows everything, every thought, every moment of our lives. He knows what we’ve done, said, or thought. You cannot hide from Him. Sure, we know when someone has failed or worse, sinned. God says, “Let Me handle it!” The writer, Solomon, is saying that if we dish out disapproval He will turn toward us instead of the person it’s aimed at. Trust me, I’d rather have someone fail miserably than have God point His finger at me.
Job 31 is a list of the ways Job could have sinned and hidden in it is the verse above. Read the whole chapter and you’ll discover that Job understood, totally, what God wanted him to do and he practised it. He was not a gloating, self-centered person. He had a very clear picture of what God wanted and he followed through.
And so, what does God want of us? We are to be merciful. We are to choose kindness and gentleness. We are to model patience. We are to forgive like God has.