1 Peter 3:8-12 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
For our final look at forgiveness, let's look at the supernatural part of forgiveness. As we release forgiveness to others, we are called to go the distance and release a blessing. Forgiveness sometimes must be given over and over for the same wrong. Our minds may want to bring it up again and again. But as we continue to release the forgiveness as we have received forgiveness, we can then also release blessing. Once again, we're reminded that what we give out, we live in. When Abraham was called into a covenant of faith with God, he was told by God: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you." God will take care of any wrong. We are called to be a blessing. Galatians 3:29 tells us, If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Romans 12 quotes from Proverbs 25 and says, Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. I ran across this comment online regarding this thought. "The thought that Paul was expressing in this verse was not new. He was quoting from Solomon's words in , and saying that, by a Christian being kind to an enemy, the enemy would (or should) rightly experience such embarrassment and shame for his unjust hatred or maltreatment of the Christian, that it would cause the enemy to figuratively feel as if he had had burning coals piled on his head (that is, the "hot flush" that people often feel when they are caught doing something that they themselves know (or come to realize) is wrong). What the Christian's enemy would be feeling in that case would not be unjust, or something that the Christian himself would have caused or been responsible for in a malicious way, but a sense of reproach that the enemy's own God-given conscience was inflicting upon him, and that would have been meant to make the enemy realize the wrongfulness of his actions toward the Christian, and to bring the enemy to repentance."
What is it that enables us to bless those who have wronged us? The overwhelming love of God! Romans 5 says, . . . And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good ma someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.