1 Peter 3:9, “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.” (NIV)
What a great reminder to always do good, even when others disrespect you or do something wrong to you. God calls us to bear fruit of the Holy Spirit, one of those attributes being humility. It takes a humble spirit to not repay someone for the hurt they’ve caused you. That person must truly be surrendered to the Holy Spirit at work in them to not give in to the flesh, which is consumed with the natural reaction to be spiteful. So, what do we do when someone aims to harm us intentionally or unintentionally? We do good, no matter what. Not because we’re stupid, nor does that make us a doormat, but rather, that helps us to be more like our Father in Heaven. Also, if we follow His commands in the Bible, we will reap the blessings of obedience. Today’s verse specifically promises that we will inherit a blessing if we don’t go tit for tat with folks and bless them instead. Additionally, the Word of God says, you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-9). Listen, karma is the worldly way to speak of a biblical concept.
As it says in Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. If we are moving with the mentality that we do all in the name of the Lord, then evil words and deeds would not come from us because we’re putting His name on that word we say or deed we commit. Let’s ensure that we are representing our Christ well.
Dear Father, help me to apply Your Word to my life daily. Give me the desire to do good at all times, to all people. Help me to bear fruit of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!