Bless Instead of Bite

Peter understood this clearly.  It is written down for the ages to comprehend and understand:

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

Does this mean when we are mistreated that a calling is upon our life to bless? Yes! We are to bless those who are bringing evil and reviling things upon us. To bless is a mystery.  It is one of those things we will not understand until we are in heaven.  We do know, however, when we bless, we ask for God to impart supernatural favor upon the lives of those that have mistreated us.  We bless them so God would make us whole; give them favor, divine favor.  We also ask God to bless them well and make them happy – to gladden them.

I know what you are saying to yourself.  Why would I want to do that to those dirty, no good people who hurt me?  I know. I know.  That is why it is called a mystery.  We don’t understand it. What we do know however, is that God in return will bless us.  God will bless us!

Let’s visit that verse again:

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

If we suffer mistreatment for doing what is right, we will receive blessings from our Father.  If we bless them according to the calling which God has called us to bless, God will bless us, and I believe in the same manner, as we bless them.  God wants to bless you with supernatural favor upon every aspect of your life – marriage, parenting, family, possessions, dreams, and careers.  He wants to make you totally whole and give you divine favor.  He wants to make you happy and gladden you all of your days.

When you are insulted, bless them.  When they talk about you like a dirty dog, bless them.  When you become their Sunday dinner, bless them.  When you are the water they are drinking at the office water cooler, bless them.  When they cheat you, bless them.  When they lie about you, and when they mistreated you, bless them.

Get into the blessing business. People at Living Waters understand I love to bless.  I bless the congregation every Sunday before they leave to go home.  I bless babies at baby dedications.  I bless couples in marriage ceremonies.  I bless after I pray with individuals and families. I conclude pastoral guidance times and small groups with blessings.  I love to bless.  I don’t understand it, but I know God is in it.  God wants to bless every aspect of your life and as you are called to bless those who mistreat you, God is going to pour out powerful blessings into your life.

We see a significant beginning of this in what God promised to Abraham:

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis 12:3

We see close to the end of the Bible what James said about God’s blessings:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Blessing those who mistreat us releases them from the offense they have done to us and allows God to bring his righteous judgment into our lives.   It literally makes room for God to step in on our mistreatment and allows his judgment to proceed.  It releases us from being the judge and allows The Judge to step in.  You see, there are always two sides to every story and God knows that.  He has seen the mistreatment from beginning to end and understands the hearts of all parties.  We will always judge partially and with injustice.  He will judge with truth and mercy.

Peter understood this as he went on to say the following after allowing God to have vengeance:

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12 (Peter quoting from Psalm 34)

Do we have any idea how many blessings we have squandered because we just “had to have the last word” or “had to defend our rights” or “had to get even?”  Let’s let God have the last word in our mistreatment.  He will defend us.  The battle is not ours but it is God’s.  Just sit back and let him fight. You just sit back and bless!


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