Turning the other cheek
1 Peter 8-9
Summing up; Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.
1 Peter 13-16
If with your heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realising that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all – was put to death and then made alive – to bring us to God.
For anyone and everyone, it’s really hard when someone is being unfair or spiteful towards you. Emotions can easily rise, making you want to retaliate. Making you so fired up that you want to throw an insult back just to put them in their place. It’s a known fact that hurt people hurt people.
But in this verse Peter is warning us against it. He’s telling us to stay the path. Remember Who you’re serving. Remember Who has blessed you, and Who will continue to bless you. He sees all and He can see when you’re hurt and have been tripped up.
Don’t make it your job to trip up that person who hurt you in return.
Be loving, be compassionate and be humble and you will be blessed!
Forgiving and letting go releases you from the prison of your mind. It helps you to avoid resentment, hate and anger. It helps you to move on.
Love, just as Jesus loves you. Forgive, just as Jesus forgave you.
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