“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, NLT).

It’s such a human thing to do – to want to pay back hurt for hurt. Sadly it seems to make the world go ’round even more than love. Payback keeps the police busy, the hospitals full on a Saturday night and people everywhere from reconciliation.

Payback is also God’s way, but he has paid us back by blessing us with salvation. Christ died for us while we were his enemies and under the curse of sin and all its repercussions. He has paid us back with incredible blessings, and asks us to do the same to others. May we learn to be a blessing as we have been blessed.