“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. For, ‘Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.’” (1 Peter 3:9-11 NIV)
I read the Bible most mornings and try to apply at least one thing that day from what I have read. This particular morning, the scripture I read was in Peter and suggesting I repay evil with good.
Hmmm. I think I can apply that to small things – someone says something not nice and I buy them lunch. Or a driver cuts me off and I let him in front of me the next time or smile and greet him warmly instead of thinking, “You idiot” and staring him down.
What about the larger things that happen to me? When someone breaks in my house or steals my car? What if I am mugged, or a family member is robbed at gunpoint? What if a member of my family is seriously hurt by another person? What about 9/11?
Is there an out clause to the “repay with good” request of scripture? Does “love your enemy” have a void policy?
Like many other people, I try to live my life based on the teachings in scripture. I have defended a kid in court that broke in my house. Talk about a confused judge! Victims don’t usually testify for the defense, but what if? I can’t even really find the words to describe it that won’t sound absurd. Christians wrecking the system by testifying for people that perpetrated evil against them?
This scripture suggests that we were called to this, like it is some kind of expectation from God. A call – as in assignment, or work to carry out that would take careful consideration and understanding of purpose to be successful.
Could we have been called to repay evil with good? To consider the purpose of the kingdom this deeply into our lives? I am not sure many have considered the repercussions of this scripture. Or perhaps many have, and collectively we have chosen to ignore it.