Becoming More Like Jesus

When someone has done us wrong, paying back evil for evil may feel like the right thing to do, but Jesus has a better way.

1 Peter 3:9, “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.” 

The way of God isn't appealing when we’ve been wronged. Our natural urge is to try to get even. We want to wrong the people who wrong us as a way of getting payback. That seems just. It seems fair. But does it solve anything? Maybe there’s a better way. 

In The JoyFM Virtual Bible Study, we are going through the “David” series by Andy Stanley. The session this week involved the story of David ALMOST repaying evil for evil when someone treated him badly. The entire story is well worth reading, and you can find it in 1 Samuel 25:14-42. 

KindnessA friend of mine in our class was fired last year by a supervisor that simply didn’t like her. That supervisor left, and she was rehired. Someone holds a grudge that she was rehired. Long story short she continues to repay evil with good no matter how she feels. This is not based on the sheer force of her will but in the belief that Jesus knows all and sees all. 

Jesus understands how hard it is to obey “The Golden Rule.” We are taught the ideal “do to others as you would have them do to you.” It’s repeated in word and deed over and over in the Bible so we will have the courage to do the same. Jesus forgave his accusers and proclaimed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”—Luke 23:34. 

He knows we have faced and will continue to face situations where we just want to be understood, and we just want to even. Isn’t wonderful to know we can place those trials in the nail scarred hands of One who has been there and conquered with love.   

Paige Long