‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because the Philistines dealt vengefully and took vengeance with a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the old hatred,” 16 therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. 17 I will execute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I lay My vengeance upon them.” ’ ”
Why does the Lord say he will punish the Philistines? For their vengeance against his chosen people and the malice in their hearts, he gives a judgment against them.
“…took vengeance with a spiteful heart,…”
Again we are given a standard of conduct. Should we harbor wishes of vengeance and in addition to that hold those desires with malice? These attitudes and actions have no place in a heart filled with love toward one another, in a spirit aligned with the Holy Spirit. This is history, it is also the will of God. A God who does not change. Let us therefore, forgive rather than seek vengeance.