“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)
This verse brings several others to my mind.
“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.” (Proverbs 25:21-22)
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:43-44)
“Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.” (Luke 6:28-29)
“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14)
There are a few things that are not mentioned in this Biblical principle:
~To take into account our feelings (“The Bible says this, but I feel like . . .”)
~To do it only if we think the other person deserves it
~That we will be blessed for seeking revenge or “getting even”
God’s grace is sufficient to help us to forgive those who have wronged us.
What Biblical truth have you learned this week? Do you have a verse to share?