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Our Solution to the Terrible Day

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.
1 Peter 3:9(NIV)


That was my sons answer to my question, How was your day?

Then, he told me about Jake*, a boy at his lunch table who had quickly grabbed and eaten his Hershey kisses without asking.  Next, the other boys began teasing him that Jake had stolen his first kiss. 

It made for a traumatic day for Luke, my 10-year-old.

My son was afraid the boy would continue to grab his candy right before his eyes.  This boy is considerably bigger, so it was a possibility.  And you might (or might not) be surprised to know that this is a Christian school. 

As we talked and processed his hurt, I wanted to teach him not to take revenge.  And todays verse popped in my mind. 

So I proposed a solution.  The next day, I told him to take a Hershey kiss for everyone at the table but take TWO pieces for Jake.  And then, I wrote down 1 Peter 3:9 to read to his friends.

Im not sure that any of the boys besides Luke got the lesson.  But thats OK.  I think its a simple life lesson that he will take with him.  At least, I hope and pray that he does.

As you know, he will face much bigger trials as he gets older.  And it can get considerably harder to repay evil with blessings.

Has someone done you wrong?  Ask God to show you how you might repay them with a blessing.  Its certainly not the popular or the easy way to respond. And we can only  obey this scripture with Gods help.


*Not his real name

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