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Retaliation

There is something in my nature about wanting to get even. That is a part of our culture. We see it everywhere we turn.

It has no place in God’s new plan. Jesus isn’t seeking revenge. Jesus  is not calling down fire. God, our heavenly Father, is loving. He is sympathetic. He is in a good mood.

There is no exception to this. God wants me to reflect His love. God doesn’t retaliate. Neither should I.

I want to live in the new plan. It is a good news message. It is a message of being agreeable, sympathetic, loving, compassionate and humble. There are no exceptions. This is goal that Jesus has set out for me.

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Source: 1 Peter 3:8-12