There is such a thing as tit for tat. Being mean gets you meanness in return. While Jesus teaches us to turn the other cheek, not everyone will do that. Meanness in our soul brings out meanness in others.
There is a better way. God’s goal for us is to be gracious. God is not mean but gracious and caring to us. When we are gracious to others, they will find it difficult to be mean.
May our words and actions reflect a gracious spirit!
A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace.