Words from the Heart for Saturday December 21st, 2019
…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 3:8-9 (NIV)
One of the most iconic symbols of our country is the goose that bears the name of our country. They are a source of recreation for bird watchers and hunters, and symbolize nature for many people. No one can miss the clear honking call of Canada geese when they fly overhead in their V-shaped formation. They do have natural enemies – predators of Canada geese and their eggs include humans, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, bobcats, and foxes, as well as gulls, eagles, crows, ravens, and magpies.
Revenge never solves a thing. Just ask the Hatfields and McCoys, whose feud lasted 28 years and saw at least 12 members of the two families killed. A lot of good that did. It is human nature to want our own way, and entire wars have been fought because of this attitude. Revenge and bitterness only make things worse when it comes to interpersonal relationships. 1 Peter 3:8-9 gives the antidote to revenge – it lays out some of the foundational principles of the kingdom of God: “…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.” I am so glad that God doesn’t repay evil with evil. If He took revenge every time I failed Him, I wouldn’t be around any longer. Instead, God pours out His grace on us and gives us what we don’t deserve – His forgiveness and redemption. Those of us who have already experienced this are called to turn around and repay evil with blessing. How can you do that today with someone you know?
These have been words from the heart.