Our verse today gives us a peek at just one aspect of the radical new life God purchased for us.
“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 grant you His blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9
I want to encourage you today to lean into the radical way of life Jesus has called His followers to. Take a moment to consider the challenge God is placing before us. Paying back evil with a blessing is so contrary to our sense of justice and sense of right and wrong. Something inside screams “no” at the thought of giving a blessing when we’re assaulted by evil. Only in the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to do it.
We see this kind of radical living in more than one biblical character. Joseph, Jacob’s son, forgiving his brothers who had sold him into slavery in Genesis 50. David paying back Saul a blessing two separate times when Saul was trying to take his life in 1 Samuel 24 and 26.
Perhaps the reason God calls His children to bless and not curse is because that echoes His heart for the world. It reflects the character of God and deepens our intimacy with Him. Suffering injustice enables us to experience an aspect of God’s grace we wouldn’t know otherwise. God reveals Himself to us through our times of suffering. He also enables us to respond his way instead of ours. I think this is what Paul is referring to when he describes knowing Christ and sharing in His sufferings in Philippians 3:10. “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
As I think about an intimacy with God, I just can’t get over that our Creator God would invite us to know Him that way. I’m convinced that there is no greater blessing in life.
So today, let’s live out this radical calling from God that we might know the blessing of intimately knowing our Creator.