Focus: 1 Peter 3:9 - KJV
9. 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 2:21-23
It is given that while the earth remains, seed time and harvest would not cease. Hence, whatever is the content of a man’s deed, is a seed sown, which he would surely reap in due season. It is possible to keep doing evil and assume there is never going to be a repercussion. When the harvest be ripe, it would surely come bountifully. This is why the Lord enjoins us to do only good deeds towards our neighbor so that we may reap the harvest thereof. Indeed, we are to bless always, notwithstanding that the recipient of our blessing is an evil doer, as the blessings we sow, we will surely reap.
Joseph, son of Jacob, was maltreated by his brothers; they tried to kill him; they never meant well for him as they did not want his dreams fulfilled. Rather than begrudge them and report them to God constantly in prayer for God to avenge him of them, he went about his life as if it was not important. When his dreams came to fulfilment, he was opportune to avenge himself of them, but he rather “blessed” them by giving them food for free. In the end, he received two slots in his father’s inheritance. Simeon and Levi, sons of Jacob, showed cruelty to Shechem and his people in retaliation of his “defiling” Dinah, their sister. When the repercussion came, they reaped evil in a big way at the bedside of their dying father.
The mind of God for us is not to render evil for evil or railing for railing. Not because the evil doer need be allowed to continue in his evil ways, but because of the law of harvest. It is because God loves us that He purposes that we harvest blessings. Like Joseph, let us bless always and curse not. Jesus Christ our example, showed us this principle vividly. Even though He did nothing wrong, He was reviled of men. Rather than do something nasty, He prayed for His persecutors and blessed them. There is no other way to be Christ-like than to pronounce blessings always, no matter the circumstance. Of course, the blessings come back to us as great harvest, in due time. Wait for it.
SOLUTION: Never again should we curse anyone; neither should we retaliate an evil deed; nor shout out or set out to disgrace anyone, no matter what they may do. Rather, respond with loving tone and pronounce a blessing, no matter the circumstance. The harvest will come, when it falls due.
Pray thus: Dear Lord, do forgive me of every wrong I have done against any of my neighbors and uproot the seed sown thereby in Jesus’ name. Every good deed that had proceeded from me, let me reap the harvest big time, Lord, in Jesus’ name. And from now, help me to bless only and not render evil for evil ever again, in Jesus’ name. Please, let the harvest of blessings be mine, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
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