One Another Devotion - Day 8
by Abigail Shoup
1 Peter 3:8-9 (NLV)
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other.
Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender hearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil with evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do and he will bless you for it.
In the world it is easy to get offended by people and their actions. It is easy to say, “I will make them pay for the wrong that they have done me! I will make their life miserable because I can.” I see it everyday - people get upset and want to get even, they think that they will be showing weakness if they let the wrong go, they have to show how strong they are and get back at the other person. But this is the very opposite of how we should act. Do we know how the other person is feeling today. Has there been some tragedy in their life that they are dealing with causing them to act in a way that can seem hurtful at the time?
Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:8-9 that we need to be sympathetic and kindhearted. Is repaying people for being rude or unkind being kindhearted? We need to remember that people have things going on we do not know about, we need to always be kind, which can be easier said than done sometimes. Recently I had this experience, I have had two deaths that have impacted me, and from those I realized that the people that I interact with everyday may be having similar situations, which may be making our interaction hard that particular day, and I may be overreacting to the situation. I have learned to assume they are having a bad day and learned to be doubly kind to make their day better.
If we can repay the bad attitudes and insults, and nastiness, with kindness and love, our community and our little world would be much more beautiful, and God will bless us for that. He has called us to be the people that can show love and sympathize with others in hard times. We can be the light in our communities by the little things we do in kindness everyday.
How can you show kindness to someone today?
Is there someone in your life you can sympathize with? Can you call them and offer support? Can you just let it go, and forgive the other person for their wrong?