Part of being a Christian is to first understand that Christ is our answer. He is not just our answer for the big cosmic questions and conundrums He is the answer for the battles, skirmishes and smallest issues. This also means that if Jesus is our answer we need to actually know how Jesus answers. This is why the word of God is so helpful because it has in it, the very heart and mind of God. This means that it is also not just enough to read God’s word passively, but engage it. And, since God’s word is alive and kicking it has a tendency to read us far better than we read it.
So when Peter says “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.” 1 Peter 3:9. We should pay attention and understand that this word is coming from a man who tried to kill a man apprehending Jesus.
So what could have led to this transformation? The Holy Spirit.
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
When the spirit enters us these are the Characteristics found within us. This is an incredible and freeing gift. This is also impossible without Jesus.
Hold fast to Him!