Repay Evil With a Blessing


It’s not our place to decide who deserves the love of God and who doesn’t.

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.” 1 Peter 3: 9 (NLT)

This is so hard to do sincerely. Usually we have some way of throwing the “blessing” in their faces as a way of getting even in a not so nice, nice way. We usually do it in a way that will “teach them a lesson” or indirectly insult them.

We forget that we’re human too. We do stupid things, and we also “need to be taught a lesson” from time to time. We make the assumption  that we’re somehow better than they are therefore we have the self-determined right to look down on someone else.

The truth is, we’re called to love–unconditionally. It doesn’t matter if they’re the school bully or the shy kid in the corner, God designed us to need love. And when true, unconditional love touches someone else, their whole attitude can change. And that’s way better than getting them back.