Better than getting even

April 23, 2010

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. (Romans 12:14)

This is an easy one.  He he he he he.

There are some things we can only do by the power of the Spirit.  And this is one of them. It is so much easier to cures then to bless.  Cursing doesn’t require thinking.  Blessing requires thinking, effort, it can even take work.

But blessing someone who persecutes you almost always has a positive, if not immediate effect.  People who are blesses when they know that they should have been cursed are left with a lingering, “Why?” that can’t be answered by time alone.  As it says later in this chapter, by blessing someone undeserving, you are “putting hot coals on his head.”  Ouch.

Blessing someone who we believe deserves a curse (or a cursing out) is actually a miniature recreation of what Christ has done for us.  A reflection of his gift of Grace.  When we bless instead of curse we are reflecting God’s glory into the life of someone who might not otherwise see it.

So I guess it’s worth it, huh?  Blessing someone is better than getting even.


One Response to “Better than getting even”

  1. Sue said

    I just heard a commentary on the “hot coals” of this verse which helped me rethink it. In ancient days, a fire was an essential commodity for maintaining life. When a neighbor’s fire burned out, he might come asking for a few hot coals to start his fire up again. It is a gift of a good neighbor to place a few hot coals into the container, which was carried on the head in those days, to help revive another’s fire…..and sustain their families. Heaping hot coals on their head was a way of helping to rekindle a burned out fire. Very cool! : ) “I can do all things thru Christ who stengthens me.”

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