Daily Devotion, 10/24/2018, “Inherited Blessings”
1 Peter 3:8-9 NIV
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 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.
Sharon, Caleb, Micah, Jay, Steve, Jack, Ray, Jill, Eric, Meagan, Holly, Dean, Brenda, Mom…I’ll stop there but I could spend the better part of this morning giving thanks for the precious ones God has granted me the blessing of doing life with. Most in my circle are easy to love, sympathize with, have compassion for and be humble around. For the most part, we are like-minded and we love each other well. Blessing them is easy for me and hopefully blessing me isn’t overly challenging for them…at least on most days J
As much as I savor the countless blessings of being loved well by like-minded loved ones, there are greater blessings to be received. These are the unique blessings that I “inherit” directly from our holy God only when I choose to extend His grace to those who do unholy things to me. We live in a fallen world filled with fallen people. As I’ve said before, sometimes the fallenness of others falls on us. They do evil things to us, they insult us, they may even curse us. We can either react out of our own fallenness by repaying evil with evil and returning insult with insult or we can rise up to the calling God has given us to bless them.
I think Peter uses the phrase “inherit a blessing” intentionally because it’s not a blessing earned or rightly deserved as a good consequence for doing good things. It is deeper than that. When I choose to bless those who do evil to me, I am choosing to act out of His nature in me rather than out of my own fallen nature. I am choosing to act out of the image of God I was made in and the Spirit of God I was filled with. I am choosing to act of out of my inheritance of His grace and holiness rather than out of my inheritance the evil one’s pride and hate. The blessing I inherit as I do is more of Him in more in more of me…more of His nature, His grace, His love, His compassion, His humility…more of Him, less of me.
May you love and bless those who love and bless you today; there’s a blessing in that. May you also love and bless those who insult and do evil to you today; there is vastly greater blessing in that.
You are loved!