Day 12-Bless Them
I Peter 3:8-9: Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Text: Ephesians 4:29-31, I Cor. 13:7-8
For you both: This portion of our main passage in 1 Peter 3:8, 9 “bless them” makes me think of the phrase “be a blessing”. Sometimes we have to go out of our way to be a blessing to our spouse. We don’t want to go out of our way though, so what do we do instead? We say, “Okay, I won’t do that, but maybe this will suffice.” It doesn’t suffice though, does it? It works this way for both husbands and wives because it isn’t a man thing or a woman thing, it’s a human thing. A sinner thing, and it is flat out selfish. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that Christ became sin for us. It doesn’t say he committed a sin, nor that he understood sin. It also doesn’t say he condoned sin, it says he became sin. He went out of his way for us so that we could become the sons of righteousness. Huh, how about that? Seriously though, we cannot become sin for our spouse, that’s ridiculous. We are already “sin.” But we can become understanding. We can become a microphone, that is that we magnify our spouses thoughts without sharing our own. We can become forgiveness. Oooh that’s a touchy one isn’t it? Even when they aren’t sorry? Yep! 1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” The MacArthur study Bible says this, “So covering a multitude of sins for us means specifically that a Christian should overlook sins against him if possible, and always be ready to forgive insults and unkindness.” We cannot take away our spouse’s sin, but we can disregard it on our end. In other words, just let it go. A marriage should be such a relationship that grows within itself. We should be growing each other by growing closer to God. Be a blessing for your spouse today as I will be one to mine. Let bygones be bygones. Be that strong love that puts our spouses needs ahead of our own. Bless your spouse with your words, your actions, and with your thoughts! Let us always try to out do the other in service and in love. Can you imagine how great our marriages would be if we were constantly trying to serve our spouse more than they could serve us? You will find that being a blessing and receiving a blessing go hand in hand.-Adam and Coren~