“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 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 3:8-11
“…Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed, we entreat…[Paul the apostle writing here]” 1 Cor. 4:12-13
““But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
“But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” Luke 6:27-35
It’s not about what we think about someone. It’s not about what we feel about someone. It’s not about what that person did or didn’t do or said or didn’t say or who that person is or isn’t. It’s about the Lord God almighty and our need to humbly and lovingly submit ourselves to God and His Word not to please our flesh but to please and honor and obey God.
Jesus tells us to BLESS those who curse us. And the apostle Paul said he and his co-laborers BLESSED those who reviled them. And God’s Word says Jesus DID NOT revile those who reviled Him. What did He ultimately do per the verses above? He submitted Himself to the righteous judge. To God the Father. He turned matters over to God.
So what do we need to do? LOVE, FORGIVE, BLESS, and TRUST GOD to deal with people as they need to be dealt with.
Is there someone in your life right now whom you can’t in a million years imagine blessing? Is God calling you to bless that person? Christ is our role model, isn’t He? Jesus on the very cross He died upon loved, forgave, and sacrificed beyond anything any of us can possibly fathom.
We, too, are called to love, forgive, and sacrifice. And sometimes blessing someone is a sacrifice because it’s the last thing our flesh wants to do. So what should we do? Follow the Lord. Let His Spirit lead us according to His will. And if He is calling us to bless that person for His name’s sake, then we know what we need to do.
We need to bless that someone. For Christ’s sake. In His love. And may that person see Christ in us, Christ through us, and be drawn to Christ through our decision to obey God and be a blessing.
To God be all the glory. Not to us, but always, glory to Him!