Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12, NRSV)
Retribution is normal.
We all want to get back at those who do us harm.
Yet God calls us to a higher standard.
God does not want us to repay evil with evil. God calls us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us.
So step above the world and be the blessing that God needs us to be for His love to be made known!