I received an email containing an article by Dennis Rainey. (I’ll paraphrase the email a bit) He details how a couple constantly played horrible tricks on one of their workers. After some time had passed, they realized they had been unusually cruel. So, they approached the worker and told him that they would no longer play cruel jokes on him. The days of embarrassment and torture would now end.
The worker, smiled and said, “Ok, I’ll no longer spit in your food.” This week someone will make you mad. Someone will “get on your last nerve.” Someone will ignore you. Your loved one will do that little thing that bothers you. When this happens, think about the words of the Apostle Peter. In 1 Peter 3:9, Peter says, “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.”
Obviously, the couple thought they had the upper hand and was taken down a peg when they found out what the servant had been doing back to them. It is easy to “get someone back.” Yet, that is not the lifestyle we are called to live.
We don’t want our life style to be contrary to God’s teachings. Don’t let the devil help you forget what you learned at church on Sunday. Do not let him sway you from living the life you should lead. Live like Jesus. Love like Jesus. This week, let’s also forgive like Jesus. Search your heart. Is there anyone you need to forgive? If so, let this be the week you mend those wounds.