“The finest men in all the world are not to be found in the warm, genial climates, where the earth has only to be tickled with a hoe, and it laughs with plenty; but the strongest and the most enterprising spirits have been found at the back of the north wind, where there are frosts and ice, and long, dreary winters, and men have a hard struggle for a livelihood. They become really men under that stern training. Now, if there were no thorns and thistles, no struggles and no trials, should we have any brave Christians? Should we have any great and noble souls at all? When did the Church yield her best men for her Lord’s service? It was in the persecuting times, when they had to swim through seas of blood to hold fast the truth of Christ. These are silken days, and we have wretched specimens of Christians everywhere; but if the times of persecution were to come once more, with the rough winds blowing, and the whole sea of the world tossed in tempest, we should then find brave sailors who would put the ship’s head to the wind, and ride safely over the stormy billows in the name of the Eternal God.” Spurgeon, C. H.

From the Thorns and Thistles Sermon, Vol 39.

Christianity

Christianity,

Repay Evil with Blessings

” 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.” (1 Peter 3:8-9, NIV)

So often we repay evil with evil and insults with insults. I can remember getting into arguments with family and friends and it would often turn into a volley of insults. In the heat of anger, it seems like the natural thing to do, but if there is anything that I’ve learned from the Bible, the natural thing is not always the best thing for us. Imagine how our arguments would take a turn for the better if we could stop our tongue from spitting our insults and start speaking blessings to the people we love. Perhaps we could calm down the anger and speak rationally. Perhaps we can let our loved ones speak out their frustrations and hurts and just listen. Perhaps instead of saying something that hurts, we can say something that heals. That would be a blessing.

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