“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 grant you his blessing.” 1Peter 3:9 (NLT)
When someone insults you, the last thing you want to do is to bless them, but that is what Christ calls you to do, my friend. The apostle Peter wrote to followers of Christ who were persecuted for their faith. He instructed them to keep a tender heart and a humble attitude (1Peter 3:8). He charged them not to take revenge, but instead to bless their persecutors.
Is this counterintuitive or what? Everything in us wants to beat our insulters, not bless them. Those words of retaliation can hardly wait until the other person stops talking to run out of our lips and land where it hurts them. We worry about our reputation if the insult happens in front of other people. We do not want to appear weak. Repaying evil for evil is not hard; blessing instead of berating is.
Be encouraged my friend. God never gives you an impossible task without making it possible by HIs Spirit. You can do all things through Christ Who gives you strength, and this includes controlling your “get even” muscle (Philippians 4:13). You have the mind of Christ which means you can think with the thoughts of Christ toward your enemies (1 Corinthians 2:16). You can love them with the same love God showed you when you were His enemy. It’s supernatural, and you have the key to heaven’s storehouse of strength for the task. Ask God now to give you what you will need. Pray that your love for God will be stronger than your dislike for your enemy. You are not on trial when someone insults you, your faith is. God wants to use you to show the people around you what it looks like to follow Christ in hard times. It is the assignment of every believer. How do you bless the one who insulted you? Jesus said to pray for them (Luke 6:28). God will show you how else to bless them.
The reward will be worth the difficulty, my friend. You will receive a blessing when you obey God in this way. The smile of God is sweeter than any revenge. You also already know that God is a Master at blessing, and you will not want to miss out on what He has hidden behind His back for your sweet obedience in the face of bitter insult.