9 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
If I’m honest, this is one of those verses that I dislike and find very difficult to implement. I understand the theory behind it, but actually executing it is next to impossible for me.
The theory as I understand it is that by our act of blessing others when we’ve been wronged, those others will question what they’re doing and come to repentance.
But I always get hung up on the blessing part.
Why? To what length? Are there limitations to this? I wish I knew.
And yet we still hear stories of Holocaust survivors who never retaliated during their captivity only to later randomly meet up with their captors in a meeting hall of some sort.
Of course we know that revenge is never an option for us. Well, it’s not a good option for us.
This passage is similar to the Sermon on the Mount. Peter actually elaborates a bit. When we bless others because they have insulted us, we will inherit a blessing. That blessing could very well be peace in the midst of a confusing situation.
Peter’s kind of thinking is “other worldly.” It’s not natural. We want to retaliate and lash out, but it’s clearly not God’s way.