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They repay evil for good

Written by Drew Chapados.

"They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship." (NIV) Psalm 109:5

"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." (NIV) 1 Peter 3:9

David sounds a little like Jesus at times (Psalm 109:5). David has been praying for his enemies. He has sought their lives to be filled with blessings. What did they do in return? Repaid evil for good and hatred for love (Psalm 109:5).

Jesus asked his opponents one day, "can any of you accuse me of sin?" (John 8:46). Big question. No one could. Why did people hate him?

Another big question: how could anyone hate Jesus? That just really blows my mind. I get if people were tired of life in Palestine and just wanted to die in peace and so they kind of stayed in the background. But to find a person who was loving everyone he came into contact with and treat him as someone you want to hit, arrest, and kill, doesn't make sense to me.

The one thing that counters evil for good is to repay evil with good. It is tempting to think that the best way to counter evil is a stronger evil. Jesus shows us the opposite.

Some may repay good with evil. Christians know that the strongest answer is to repay evil with good.

How do we know this? Even after everything that was done to Jesus he still shed his blood to redeem his opponents.

"Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it." (1 Peter 3:9)

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