“When men feed on the word, it is turned into a principle of life, spiritual strength, and growth within; which a taste of it only will not give. As food, when it is digested, turns into flesh and blood and spirits, so doth the word, and Christ therein, unto the souls of men spiritually. Hence Christ becometh “our life,” and “liveth in us,” as the efficient cause of our spiritual life, Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:3; and we grow and increase by the word, 1 Pet. 2:2. A mere taste, though it may yield present refreshment, yet it communicates no abiding strength. Hence multitudes relish the word when it is preached, but never attain life, or strength, or growth by it.” (John Owen, The Works of John Owen vol. 7, 31)

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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