“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” – I Peter 3:8-9
“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.” (The Message)
To be agreeable, our character need be one that is pleasant, likable, accommodating, gracious, amiable, compatible and harmonious. In order to be sympathetic, we are to commiserate with kindness and tenderness, with those who are hurting. To be loving, we are to extend the same profound tenderness that God has given us, to all those who are around us. Humility and modesty go hand-in-hand. For anything that is good that we have to give, is a gift from God, for which we cannot claim credit.
As we allow Him the reigns, our Redeemer reconstructs our wreckage, so that we may more clearly become a reflection of Him. As we acquire His attributes (by His Holy Spirit), we learn to respond in love at all times, even as we are under attack. We are asked to bless and not to harm. As we allow His heart to help and heal our own, we become better equipped to extend blessings to others, even when the intent toward us is evil. Our ultimate reward is the promised blessing of being in His eternal presence in heaven.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not ask anything of us that You will not also equip us to do. Teach us to depend on You to shape our character, so that we may better reflect the remarkable mercy and grace that You have given each of us. May we be sympathetic and loving, humble and harmonious, even when all that is within us wants to repay evil with evil, so that we may offer blessings as we live in Your lavish love. Equip us to extend blessings, so that ultimately, the recipient will want to receive You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present