Wednesday, April 10
Today's reading: 1 Peter 3:8-12
The thought of getting even with someone or paying someone back for wronging us is certainly appealing, but it's not the way God would have us respond. And when we do choose to respond in kind to someone who has hurt us, it doesn't fix the situation. While it may provide a short-lived feeling of satisfaction, our hurt and wounds remain, and we're still carrying around anger, bitterness and resentment.
As he did in chapter 2, Peter once again challenges us as Christ followers to live differently than the world around us by resisting the urge to retaliate against those who have harmed or treated us in badly. Peter issues this clear instruction in verse 9:
"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 grant you his blessing." (NLT)
Do you find it difficult to "turn the other cheek" when someone mistreats you? What role does having a tender and humble heart play in being able to "pay them back with a blessing"? Who do you need to pay back with a blessing today? And what might that look like--praying for them, refusing to engage in a fight, offering assistance, offering them a compliment? Tami
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