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Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

How do you respond when someone, intentionally or unintentionally, does you wrong or insults you? It’s a rare person who doesn’t feel anger and a desire for some payback when someone has done or said something that insults them. But while the anger may sometimes be justified, God tells you that your response to those who do you wrong is to…well, bless that person.

Your fallen human nature being what it is, you’re prone to think that you’re entitled to a little vengeance when you’ve been wronged or to a few sharp, biting comebacks when someone speaks unkind words to you. But God tells you that your responses to evil should be compassionate, kind, and understanding.

On a purely practical level, you need to remember that you can’t know what’s going on inside the mind of the person who does unkind things and speaks unkind words to you. But God does, and that’s one of the reasons He tells you to repay evil and insults with blessings.

No one likes being hurt or insulted. But as a Christian, you must see those unpleasant moments not as negatives but as opportunities to bless those who need God’s touch in their lives and to receive God’s blessings on yourself.
 
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Rom 12:19; Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
 
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Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

How do you respond when someone, intentionally or unintentionally, does you wrong or insults you? It’s a rare person who doesn’t feel anger and a desire for some payback when someone has done or said something that insults them. But while the anger may sometimes be justified, God tells you that your response to those who do you wrong is to…well, bless that person.

Your fallen human nature being what it is, you’re prone to think that you’re entitled to a little vengeance when you’ve been wronged or to a few sharp, biting comebacks when someone speaks unkind words to you. But God tells you that your responses to evil should be compassionate, kind, and understanding.

On a purely practical level, you need to remember that you can’t know what’s going on inside the mind of the person who does unkind things and speaks unkind words to you. But God does, and that’s one of the reasons He tells you to repay evil and insults with blessings.

No one likes being hurt or insulted. But as a Christian, you must see those unpleasant moments not as negatives but as opportunities to bless those who need God’s touch in their lives and to receive God’s blessings on yourself.
Very good! Keeping in mind too, that a response is an 'answer' An emotional reaction is not a response, it's a reaction...Its what you do or speak that is your response....and let it always be in LOVE.
 
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2Cor 5:14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; (ESV)

Since God is "love", and if the love of God is in control of us, then every response we make will be in love.

Pro 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

When Jesus told the religious people who seemed to be in authority..........

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do......

I am sure Jesus's disciples thought that those words to be very hard harsh and offensive. That was love in action. Love always speaks the truth no matter what.
If you hate someone you will not tell them truth, but leave it to others.
 

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