Let’s face it. When you’re driving and someone cuts you off, your first instinct is to run them off the road, right? No. You wouldn’t try to hit someone who cut you off. That’s silly.
But how about if someone teases you, says something rude about your family or starts something over social media. What’s you first instinct? Do you ignore it? Do you retaliate?
What happens if you are doing something right and get criticized for it? What then do you do?
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 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 3:8-12
As believers we are called to pass on blessings even when we are wronged, even when we are insulted.
Imagine how our families, our schools, our cities and our country would be different if we chose to choose Jesus even when it would be easier to choose the world. If we showcased loved instead of hate.
How would a classmate feel if they said something to hurt you but instead you turned the other cheek and did something kind to them, something to bless them? They would be pretty surprised, wouldn’t they? But what if you chose to retaliate? They would not be surprised because it is the normal thing to do. But, when you repay someone with kindness, it catches them off guard it makes them take a second thought on your actions and gives room to wonder why you were kind.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” – Romans 12:21
Each of our actions points somewhere; they can either point toward the world or toward Jesus.
It’s really hard to choose Jesus in every situation. It’s easier to choose the world most of the time, but when you chose Jesus over the world it makes the biggest impact. It shows others that there is something greater than yourself and living in the world.
” Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – 1 Peter 12:2a
How are we supposed to make a difference if we blend in with world? Don’t conform, rather stand out and showcase Gods everlasting love.