April 13, 2018 Verse of the Day

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1 Peter 3:9 Repay Evil With Blessing

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

Every person has had someone do something wrong to him or insult him at some point in his life. In fact, most people could probably think of a person who has done some wrong to them within the last week. This does not mean a major catastrophic wrong, but still a wrong.

When someone does something wrong to you or insults you, what is the first thing you want to do? Most people will answer that they want to strike back somehow and make that person pay for doing wrong. Read the news and you will see everyday someone killing someone out of hatred because of some wrong that was done. People take one another to court every day to make them pay for the wrongs done.

The world tells you that it is your right to strike back. It is expected that when someone insults you that you will return another greater insult. Many story lines in movies are based on a person getting some type of vengeance on another person.

Peter tells you, in this passage, that you must not do evil or insult to one who has done evil or insult to you. On the contrary, you are to give that person a blessing. Most of you will immediately ask: how can I bless someone who is doing evil to me? Think about when Jesus was on the cross. As He was hanging there dying, He prayed God’s blessing of forgiveness upon all the people who had just hung Him there. He had God’s love for the people in His heart and mind. Jesus had you in mind when He hung on that cross. He hung there to bless you.

You need to have God’s love for everyone in your heart and mind also. With the love of God in you, you will be able to pour out blessings on those who have done wrong to you or insulted you. This is not an easy thing to do because it goes against your sinful nature. Remember that you are now a new creation in Jesus and He has given you His Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you. Lean on His Spirit to help you give blessings and love those who hurt you.

Today ask God to help you love those who are hurting you. Ask God to give you words of blessings for everyone you come in contact with. As you bless those who harm you, you will inherit a blessing from God.

I pray that today God will fill you with His love for all people; that God will fill your mouth with blessings; that you will not try to strike back at anyone who has harmed you in any way; and that God will fill your life with many blessings.