Catch Fire Day 42

Catch Fire Day 42                                   “Repay with Blessing”                                   1 Peter 3

Here again! Peter encourages us to bless our enemies: “Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but , on the contrary, repay with a blessing.” Peter emphasizes that it is our calling! “It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:3).

It is not, however, Peter’s own idea. He learned it from his master: “But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:44, 48). The first word that Jesus said on the Cross was also teaching the same message: “Father, Forgive them for they do not know what they are doing!” (Luke 23:34).

This is “holy” not just “righteous.” Jesus showed us “holiness” which is beyond “justice.” Jesus was not just paying ransom for us. Jesus was not just a substitute for our punishment. What was demonstrated on the Cross was Holy Love!

We can read 1 Peter 3 from this perspective. Otherwise they would be advices that are not appropriate any more in some of our modern situation.  I want to share, however, one more warning with you. When we are not ready to be holy, it would be very dangerous for us to try to be holy! It is like jumping into a lake to save someone who is drowned. If I have life-saver licenses I would be fine. I and the other person would be saved. If I do not know, however, how to swim I and others would die. In that case, l have to just seek “justice” and not “holiness.” I can save at least myself!

About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my children are all grown and have their independent life. We have now empty nest. I and my wife are collecting some mission eggs now in that nest!
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