Biblical Reflections: 1 Thessalonians 5:15

1 Thessalonians 5:15 – See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Being nice to everyone just seems unnatural. You know what I mean. Sometimes you just want to let your feelings rule and lash out in response to the wrong done to you. Like a bear poked with a sharp stick, we want to swat at the offender. If you have tried this manner of living, then you know it does not work.

Instead of reacting to provocation, Jesus taught His disciples to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-39). Mercy is the hallmark of God and His people. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Only when we quench the flame of indignation, do we find peace.

Jesus suffered atrocious abuse and unfounded accusations demonstrating to love and mercy of God. He taught us to be merciful and forgive as we have been forgive. We have no right to vengeance either great or small. Instead let us seek the peace of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, that passes understanding.

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