Let blessings come

Monday, October 24, 2022

"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 (NIV)

One of the advantages of reading the Bible for myself is the first-hand information I get.  I know I'm supposed to be good towards those who hurt me. I've been going to Sunday School for a long time. The thing is, living what I read in the Bible is another thing. I have to choose to do what I read on purpose and from the heart.

I know you've been there too. You acknowledge that you are supposed to forgive but you choose not to. You know you are supposed to speak good things but offensive words come out of your mouth.

That's when I feel conviction. Conviction coming from the Holy Spirit is certainly stronger when accompanied by my reading of the Bible. When I meditate on what I read and do what the Bible says I feel convicted.

Conviction helps me. God wants me to obey His word. Conviction helps me do what God called me to do. 

I've been faced with the reality of 1 Peter 3:9 many times. I bet I will continue to do so. I need to choose to "repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

I'm not sure if like me, you have been convicted to let things go and let blessings come. Obedience is our calling. Let's be faithful to the God we serve as we repay evil with blessings. 

Prayer: Lord, I bring all of who I am to you. I want to obey your word. I confess my sin, my hurt and my unwillingness to let go of my offense. I choose to repay evil with blessing. Please bless the one who deeply wounded and offended me. Bless them big. I trust your brilliance. I praise you and I thank you in Jesus' name, Amen.