I don’t know about you, but I am tired of people constantly attacking one another. Everyone is not entitled to your opinion. If Christians would choose to bless instead of insult, this world would be a better place. It is time to put your guard down, drop the attitude and pride, and learn to live in peace with those you disagree with.
“not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”
Go Against the Flow
One of the big themes in Peter’s epistles is living in peace with the world. He wants you to be a good neighbor and not to act like everyone else. Here he tells his readers to choose to bless instead of insult. Human nature wants to return evil for evil and insult for insult. Those who have a quick wit and a funny comeback to people are considered savvy by the world. Peter says to go against that flow by blessing people, and by that, I don’t mean what southerners in the USA mean when they say “Bless your heart.”
You want to bless your friends, neighbors, and enemies because you inherited a blessing when you followed Christ. It will seem odd to others when you do this, and at first, it will be difficult for you, but you will see the reasons behind it in the end. Jesus blessed you when you were His enemy, and now He wants you to do the same thing to those who are going to hell with salvation.
Choose to Bless Instead of Insult
Choose to bless instead of insult and it will reduce the fuel that causes division. It will pave the way for unity in the church. Not every fight is worth fighting. Choose your battles wisely. You may look a little foolish at the onset, but you will be shown to be the wise one over time. Besides, your blessing may catch your enemy off guard and make them speechless.