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Love your Enemies

“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.”-1 Peter 3:9


In today’s verse Peter in writing to Christians who are facing increased persecution in the Roman Empire.  Under emperor’s Nero and Diocletian persecution was fierce.  People lost their jobs, had property seized, were put in prison, and killed.  Yet Peter tells them not to repay evil for evil, but to bless them.  He is echoing our Lord’s command who said, “Love your enemies.”

This action is something contrary to our nature.  I want to be clear.  This verse is not saying that evil should not be met with justice, but it is saying we are to show compassion, mercy, and love to those who hurt us.  This is not easy and may take months, or even years to do.  Take baby steps, and pray for the person doing you wrong.  I think you will be surprised at what this can do.  It is a start and will open both hearts and allow God’s love and mercy into a difficult circumstance. 

 

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