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Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. (1 Pet 3:9)
We have a tendency to treat others the way they treat us. If they are nice to us, then we are nice to them. And if they are mean to us, then we either ignore them or find a way to return the favor!
But this way of seeing things is misguided. Defining people and our relationships with them on the basis of what they’ve done is not the message of grace. Scripture tells us our brothers and sisters in Christ are members of his body. And he intends for us to relate to them on the basis of our eternal relationship with him and not on the temporal tensions we have with them.
Look past the eyes that hurt us to see Jesus indwelling those around us!
Prayer: Lord, may I treat others the way you treat me, not repaying evil for evil but rather showing them the grace and love I have received in Christ.
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