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The Ultimate Payback

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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 bless you for it. 1 Peter 3:9

In the heat of an argument or as you encounter a frustrating situation, it’s hard to resist trading insults or giving someone a piece of your mind. As social media and e-mail make it possible to argue without seeing someone face-to-face, you often experience the worst parts of your anger and discord without the filter of empathy or understanding.

Peter challenges you to bless those who insult you and to avoid any kind of retaliation. While he was writing to Christians who were being actively marginalized and persecuted for their faith, his message remains powerful as you seek to infuse your world with God’s hope.

You gain very little from insulting others, and even the act of receiving an insult can be good for you. Perhaps you need reminders that you define yourself as part of God’s people and His beloved child. Although an insult may tend to undermine your fragile ego, as you release hurt or anger and hand over a blessing you bring the other person one step closer to God while reminding yourself of where you find your identity.

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