Tooth for Tooth?

When I was in second grade, there was a girl named Natosha who was the classroom bully.  She was loud and obnoxious.  She was also the teacher’s pet.  When the teacher had to leave the room, Natosha was the one who was asked to take names and when the opportunity came her claws would come out.   Of course, I was the talker and I was always on Natosha’s list of names to turn into the teacher.  She and I did not get along at all.  The day for my opportunity to get her back was coming.

It was time for recess.  Recess ‘old school’ was when you were allowed to play in the open areas and fields of the school’s property with no direction of what you could or couldn’t do.  There were no organized instructions or requirements. (I write this for those young ones reading this but I digress.)  I saw Natosha across the yard and there was this rock that was speaking to me to pick it up and throw it at her.  And, I did!  Smack in the eye!

I would like to say that the kids on the playground rallied around me and picked me up on their shoulders and cheered.  That was not the result.  The result was a grilling by my teacher, a paddling by the assistant principal, and another ‘whipping’ when I got home that afternoon.  I had opened the floodgates of discipline upon my life and Natosha was at home with a sweet little patch over her cute little eye being nursed so lovingly by her mother.

Unfortunately, that is the fate of many who take revenge upon themselves.  Revenge can backfire and it leaves the guilty free. How many times have you ended up in jail because of a bar fight?  How many times have you ended up paying fines for destroying property?  How many nights have you been up at night and couldn’t sleep because of guilt?  That is why God says that we shouldn’t carry out the revenge.  He will carry it out for us.

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 have been mistreated that a calling is upon our lives 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!

Closing, 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

To be continued . . .

Here are other posts to help with pain and hurt.

Eye for an Eye?

Bless Instead of Bite

6 Things Bitter People Do

A Hard Challenge for the Hurt to the Hurtful

Need to Forgive? Try This. . .

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