“Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God–that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].”-I Pet 3:9 AMP
This verse is one that was in my spirit today
What really stood out to me is this
…Truly pitying and loving them…
We need this in today’s society and culture. So many of us know that we’re so right that we can never possibly be wrong. What is the Lord’s heart? Even if we are completely right in our stance do we conform to truth? What does the word teach? How are we to a maintain strict standard of truth and purity without compromises and apart from a judgemental heart?
…truly pity and love…
There are many in our spheres of influence who are under the power of the enemy and are perishing in our sight yet there will be no possibility for their salvation if someone does not allow the Love (not merely the righteousness) of Christ flow through them. The honest answer is that we cannot maintain. We cannot keep it up. But Christ in us can. This is not something that can be done in our strength but as we look to the Lord he fills us with His Spirit and vision. We see through new eyes. I want this.
I need the Lord of glory fill me with His Love continually. Have your way Lord.