I read Proverbs 24 before going to sleep tonight, and came across a good thought in verse 17:
"Do not rejoice when an enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles..."
Yes, I thought. This is good. The counter-cultural message of Jesus. Nonviolence, love for everyone, even enemies. We should all practice this.
Then I read verse 18:
"...lest the LORD see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him."
Okay, so let's see. If I want REALLY bad things to happen to my enemy, I should not be happy when they begin, cuz if I'm happy then God may think he's been too hard on the poor soul.
The proverbs really mess with me sometimes...