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How To Repay Evil

When people mistreat you, what is your response? If someone insults you, what do you say in return? Peter tells us how to repay someone who is mean to us. He writes:

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 (NIV)

Instead of revenge, we are to repay evil with a blessing. Say what? How is that even possible? How can we be expected to do that? If someone bops you in the nose, you want to bop them right back! The thing about revenge is that it is never an eye for an eye. It’s two eyes for an eye. We want to get revenge plus a little more. We want to teach them a lesson. Don’t mess with me! That’s not how a follower of Jesus should respond. God promises a blessing to those who repay evil with a blessing instead of revenge. God’s deepest desire is for people to be reconciled to Him. If you bless someone who mistreats you or insults you, you might win them over to Jesus. There’s much more at stake than your pride or hurt feelings.

Like Cubs and Sox Fans

James 3:9-12 (NIV)
 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
I live near Chicago and when people tell me that they can be both a Cubs fan and a fan of my Chicago White Sox, I look at them like they have a third eye growing out of their head.  What are you saying?!?  That is impossible!  It just cannot be!
The tongues of humans are capable of such great beauty.  We get together on a Sunday morning and we sing praises to our Lord Jesus.  Whether it is a classic hymn from the past that we know by heart or a new song of praise from the present we are learning, we praise God with our tongues in wonderful ways.
Then, when the service is over, we walk out of the worship center and our tongues do a 180.  We’ll gossip about the person down the row from us.  We’ll whisper insults about the way someone was dressed.  We’ll say horrible things about the people with whom we just worshiped the Lord.  James says that this should not be!  We’re awful, aren’t we?  We love to sing songs of praise and to utter inspiring prayers that reach the throne room of Heaven, but then we turn around and curse, insult and gossip about God’s people.
Our tongues are capable of such beauty in one moment and such terrible things in the next.  The problem is that we don’t watch what we’re saying.  We’re not guarding our hearts.  What comes out of our mouths is a direct reflection of what is in our hearts.  Jealous words come from a jealous heart.  Insecure words flow from an insecure heart.  Gossip comes from a tongue fueled by a heart that is focused on the wrong things.
Think about what you’re saying today.  Keep praising the Lord who is worthy of all glory and honor, but do not allow your tongue to curse those made in His image.
PRAYER: Father God, You are great and awesome.  Your name is holy.  I praise and thank You today for all that You have done, all that you’re doing and for all You have promised to do.  Help me to keep a tight rein on my tongue.  Help me to see the best in people and to love them with my heart and not curse them with my tongue.  I cannot do this without You and Your grace.  I ask this all in the name of Jesus, my Lord.  Amen.

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