Now, this is the goal: to live in harmony with one another and demonstrate affectionate love, sympathy, and kindness toward other believers. Let humility describe who you are as you dearly love one another. Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. 1 Peter 3:8-9 TPT
What does it mean to speak a blessing? To bless those who curse and insult you instead of retaliating? That takes a lot of forethought, doesn’t it? Our first instinct is to give back what they’ve just dished out! But our new nature should be to bless them. I don’t know about you, but I feel like that is something I need to work on.
Each day I spend renewing my mind in the Word of God, I’m trading my old nature for my new one. It’s not something that just comes naturally. Even Peter struggled with doing things the way Jesus taught him. Remember in the Garden when they came to arrest Jesus? Peter took a sword and cut off the priests ear. Jesus told him to put away his sword, because people who live by the sword, die by the sword.
Learning to recognize where evil actions come from, helps me to separate the person from the action. When I understand that they are influenced by the evil one and I’m influenced by Jesus, I can choose to walk away or ‘turn the other cheek’. Jesus didn’t say it would be easy, but He said I could do it because He did it.
So how do I bless someone who is cursing me? I can bless them by speaking peace and joy over them. I can bless them by speaking the Love of Jesus to them. I can smile and give them my love. I can bless them with a gift card or buy them lunch. Perhaps while they’re cursing me, I can silently ask the Father what I should do and than listen for instructions. The best blessing always comes from Him.
Freely I’ve received, freely I will give. They may not deserve the blessing, but than neither did any of us. Yet in His great love for us, He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him might be saved. That’s the greatest blessing we can give.