Luke 6:28 – “Bless those who curse you” (NIV).
It’s not good enough to just think good thoughts about or do good things to our enemies; we are also to bless them with our words. Many people do not take revenge by their actions in public, but they retaliate against those who have wronged them by what they say in private.
When someone slanders you, don’t respond to them in the same way. Doing so empowers the curse and gives it life. However, speaking well of and to your enemies breaks whatever curse they may have spoken over you.
The Apostle Peter said not to repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but rather with blessing. This is what you’ve been called to do and how you are to respond. Plus, it qualifies you to inherit a blessing from God yourself. Hallelujah!
I challenge you to speak positively in any conversation you might have concerning your enemies, or those who have wronged you. You will not come to the end of your life one day and say, “Man, I wish I had not loved that person so much.” It’s impossible to err on the side of love. Loving is what you were born to do.
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 (NIV).
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