1 Peter 3:8-9 8 “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”
We live in a world that will constantly hate Christians. In John 15 Jesus clearly states that the world hated him and therefore they will hate us. They hated Jesus even when he was doing good. That’s it! Jesus healed a leper and some people hated him. He healed a man on Sabbath and some wanted to kill him. When we are doing good, people are going to hate it. We don’t need to go parading around when we do something good for others or go announcing all the good we are doing. When we shine our light people are going to see it and it will not sit well with some. In fact, some will hate you for it. If they persecuted Jesus the world will persecute us as well.
Regardless of what people think of it, we need to try to reach them. We need to reach out to those who hate us so we can teach them the truth. So, we can teach them about grace and God’s love. God wants us to be a blessing to them. Sometimes we are going to be tempted to repay in the same way they do us wrong, but we are called to be different, we are called to be holy, we are called to be like Jesus. Jesus gave a blessing to those who persecuted him. Let’s be a blessing to everyone, teach them the good news.