That is very good advice from the Apostle Peter! I pray that all of us who know and love Jesus will live like that in the power of the Holy Spirit! No, we are not perfect, but we can live this way in God’s love and power every day.
There is another piece of advice in this passage of Scripture that I had to live out during a very difficult time in our lives:
“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.”
1 Peter 3:9
Have you ever been so mad that you wanted to take revenge? I have, and it was just a few years ago. The Lord intervened and held me back in the Holy Spirit.
The event that made me angry took place at the old school my wife used to teach at. The principal was a bitter woman full of hate, and she had it out for several of the great teachers in the school. To cut right to it, this lady did my wife wrong and my wife had to leave the school.
We were unemployed yet again at the worst time for it! I was suffering Celiac so badly and had no way to earn an income, and now my wife was out of work too! This was back when I was wrestling God about my disease too. The world was crashing down around us and I couldn’t take it anymore. The anger boiled in me like never before in my adult Christian life, and I went into what I call “old school 303 style from the old neighborhood” mentality and I wanted revenge. I wanted to put in work and I wanted her to pay for her sin and evil against my wife that put us in such a bad situation!
As I was driving to the principal’s house to brick her front window, the Lord came down on me powerfully in the Holy Spirit. It was like a physical wrestling match as I tried to continue down the road. I could hear him saying, “Do not take revenge, it is mine to avenge says the Lord.” I tried to keep driving and ignore Him, but it was no use for me to fight Him, so I submitted to God and drove back home.
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ” says the Lord.”
I prayed a heartfelt prayer that the woman would be convicted of her sin and the Lord would save her. I prayed she would be removed from power at the school. I also asked God for forgiveness and I forgave her. In that moment, I completely lifted it up to God and let it go, and my heart was free.
You know what? I’m really glad I did! I’m really glad I have the Word of God flowing in my mind and heart, and I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit helping me live life wisely! The Lord took care of it, and that lady ended up getting fired from that school within a few months! I pray the Lord saves her and I forgive her in the Name of Jesus!
What happened next in our lives is so incredible that I praise God for it every day! My wife ended up getting a teaching job at the best new charter school in town! We moved our kids out of their old school and they have attended the charter since my wife started! It is such a blessing knowing my wife and kids are together all day, and our kids love the new school even better! My wife has been there for several years now and she is an integral part of building the curriculum and the Lord has blessed her with great success and victory!
She makes more than she did at the old school and the staff she works with our passionate people who care about kids! The principals are supportive and helpful, and she is doing great! Glory to God! He took care of it in His mighty loving way!
So, I praise God! He worked it all out even better than I could have ever imagined! I am so glad she is not working at that old school anymore. We thought when she got that job that it was going to be for a long time, but it was just a stepping stone to even greater blessing!
Yeah, it hurt getting there a few times, but the Lord is faithful to us and He led us through it with victory! I am so glad I did not brick that lady’s house! Please forgive me for even thinking such things Lord.
Follow the Word of God and do what it says, and you will be blessed. I can promise you that with all my heart!
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””
1 Peter 3:10-12
Put the brick down brothers and sisters! Keep your tongue from evil and lies. Turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it! In the Powerful Name of Jesus, Amen!
Grace and peace to you!