Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 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. For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
—1 Peter 3:8-12
by: Jerry Johnson.
Peter refers to Psalm 34:12-16 to make several points that we can apply today. Some of them echo themes in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5 or Paul in Romans 12:9-21. We are to be a blessing to others and pursue peace rather than attempt to seek revenge on our own. There is an expression that “two wrongs do not make a right.” Our responsibility, when facing ungodly opposition, is to continue demonstrating a commendable godly character which reflects Christ. This type of disposition is much more attractive to the unbeliever than always having to argue with them. What is your goal in dealing with unbelievers—to seek revenge or peace?