1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”
The world is unfair. The Christian should know this best of all. He/She should understand that the very principle of the gospel is unfair treatment and we should be glad for it. It is a difficult thing for young Christians and for the world because there is still something in the back of their minds that tells them of their unearned worth and value. When someone transgresses against them, it is a stain that should be removed. It is unfair because they are the righteous ones.
However Christianity does little to back that last statement. No, we are not the righteous ones. We were children of darkness. Ephesians 2:12-13 calls us to “remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
It was unfair that Christ, the perfect son of God, God himself, had to pay the punishment for our rebellion and our separation from God. It was us who deserved the cross, death and separation for turning our backs on God, for not listening to the Holy one and for going our own way instead of being humble in the presence of the one who is perfect. But by doing so, now you and I are saved from death, darkness and separation from our heavenly father. Although unfair, I am totally in awe of a God who would go to such lengths for a lost boy like me.
We are called to obtain this blessing of eternal life because of what Jesus has done for us and through us, Jesus wants to bless the world. Ever since God started calling men and women to himself back in Genesis 12, it was for the purpose that he would bless us to be a blessings. You have been called to be in a family of light and love and peace as children of God. You have been called so that you might bless, even when others do not bless you!
For the young Christian, one might scream, “But that’s not fair!” They would be right… in one sense, but wrong in another. It’s wrong because they’ve totally lost sight of the bigger picture. They’ve lost sight of how much injustice, evil and reviling Jesus our Lord and Savior took on our behalf so we might be saved. They don’t understand the greater injustice of the cross and the gospel message. When an injustice is done to us, we look back on the cross and we say thank you to Jesus who instead of repaying evil for evil and reviling for reviling, He choose to bless.
Instead of Jesus paying you back for your injustices against him as the Lord of the universe, he absorbed it. Instead of turning His back on you because you turned your back on him, He took the evil, the injustice. Instead He loved us. Now as Christ followers, as Christians (little Christs), let us walk in the example he has put forward to us. May we absorb the evil, the reviling and the injustice. Instead of paying it back, may we turn to love, as Christ loved us.
Because of the blessing we’ve obtained through Jesus, may we bless our family, our friends, neighbors and coworkers, even those who revile us and hate us and call all types of evil down upon us. May we be found in the unfair category because through the unfair workings of the cross, I am saved!
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.
William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018