“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.”
1 Peter 3:9
On paper, just reading this verse as it is, it seems like such an easy and straightforward instruction. When insulted, bless your insulter. When wronged, bless the person who has done you wrong. Yet we know in reality that this a hard teaching. Yet friends, we are not on our own. God is with us. Furthermore, when we bless others, God in turn grants us His blessings. When we bless others, we immediately break the offence and the stronghold the enemy wants to have over us. We move in the ‘opposite spirit’, not giving place for the enemy, and in turn pray favour and blessings over those who have wronged us.
Blessings and not returning the insult or wrongdoing, is also good for us personally too. It helps us immediately break the bitterness, anger, hostility or even jealousy we could have felt if we had held on to those feelings. It helps us immediately deal with offence and our carnal ‘revenge’ mentality. Let us be challenged, not just by this devotion but by knowing that this ‘is what God has called you (us) to do!’ We will be blessed when we bless others.