Happy Monday! “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 NLT
Building character is never a challenge until we begin to use the tools that are required to change our own character. Yet again, this is another scripture that challenges me even today. Especially when I feel someone deserves my wrath, a piece of my mind, or the unleashing of my tongue, but that would only glorify myself and exhalt me into my self made seat of judgement. Which is not what God desires.
I know it is difficult to refrain from thoughts or actions to seek revenge or hold anger in our hearts, but the Lord is calling us to find peace. You might be asking, what peace? I say the peace only the Lord can provide.
As much as we want to repay or abhor feelings toward someone for their shady comments, betrayal, or blatant evil toward you or someone you love, the Lord is calling us to rise above it. You know that person who hurt you in the past, that family member that continues to use you, that co-worker who talks mess or stirs-up office drama, or that person on that social media platform that disrespected you, yes-even them we need to pay them back with a blessing. What might that look like? It may mean that you get on your knees everyday to pray for them. Why? Because, it honors the Lord and instead of giving them a piece of you, the Lord in turn gives you peace – trust him to turn the situation around, knowing he will take care of you and give you discernment in your situation.
On this side of the dirt, we will never be immune to the attacks of the enemy, but we have a mighty God who is greater than our enemy and his dark forces. In knowing this, we must also believe it is so – that God will deliever us from the hands of our enemies. I want to encourage you to stand in the strength and the power of the Lord as you pray through these situations.
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for all you do and continue to do in our lives. As we begin another week, Lord, we ask that you go before us and shield us from the arrows of our enemies. Lord help us to recognize areas of our lives that are bitter and painful, areas where we want revenge for the things we have had to endure or are currently enduring – and redirect our thoughts, penetrate our hearts and give us peace that only you can provide. Lord meet us in our homes, on our way to work or wherever you lead us today. While painful, continue to build our character so that we may be a better reflection of you and that our actions glorify you. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.
Keep seeking! Keep praying! Trust Him!