1 Peter 3:9

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God called you to do, and he will bless you for it.”


In our fallen world, it is often deemed acceptable by some to tear people down verbally or to get back at them if we feel hurt. Peter, remembering Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39) encourages his readers to pay back wrongs with a blessing, such as praying for the offenders. In God’s kingdom, revenge is unacceptable behavior, as is insulting a person, no matter how indirectly it is done. Rise above getting back at those who hurt you. Instead of reacting angrily to these people, pray for them. (Life Application Study Bible)


Jesus, help us not take the easy way and react the same as we were treated. Realizing we don’t know all the things others are dealing with - help us just pray for them instead, and leave the matter with you.