To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult,
but giving a blessing instead;
for you were called for the very purpose
that you might inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9
Giving a blessing instead. I wonder how often I am able to do that? When someone spits unkind words my way, do I respond with a blessing? It’s certainly not easy. I think perhaps the secret goes back to the words before that: humble in spirit. If I am truly humble in spirit, I will have no need to defend myself. If I don’t have a high opinion of myself in the first place, I won’t be bothered by someone’s disrespect.
Father, forgive them;
for they know not what they do.
That’s what Jesus said about the men who were mocking and torturing Him and putting Him to death. Jesus had never sinned, yet He still forgave those who treated Him so wickedly. How arrogant for me, then, to be affronted by mere words! I have no right to be angry when others insult me, because I have sinned. When I think about it logically, I am completely without excuse. I am guilty. I have nothing to make me pure except the blood of Christ. So what is there to prevent me from “giving a blessing instead?”
Nothing. Nothing at all.
For I was called for this very purpose
that I might inherit a blessing.
I think the end of this verse is often overlooked. When you give a blessing to the ones who insult you, you inherit a blessing yourself. And what could be more worthwhile than that?
A challenge for this week: Give a blessing instead.
Will you take the challenge?