To The Black Friday Shoppers And Annoying People
Posted: Friday, November 25
1 Peter 3:8-4:6
Verse of the day:
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
Good morning/afternoon/evening Black Friday shoppers and all the other people who think Black Friday bargain hunters are crazy whackjobs! If you were out last night, or going out today, chances are you’re going to run into a bunch of people. Some nice, some who deserve coal. I like saving as much money as possible while still getting totally legit gifts for others, but man those lines this time of year! And people who (… begin never ending list of complaints about those annoying people…)
Today, and this Christmas season, as you’re out and about shopping for yourself, getting gifts for others, or trying to make the most of the festivities don’t repay evil for evil. I can guarantee you right now that people are going to tick you off. They are going to park in the spot you were eyeing up from the moment you pulled into the lot. They are going to order the most complicated Starbucks drink and then take forever to pull out their wallet (or ApplePay). They are going to bump into you, stand way closer than what’s comfortable, and maybe even say something mean to you. But please, do not repay evil for evil.
Today, the Bible encourages us to pay insults back with a blessing. I know, it’s totally contrary to what seems normal or deserved. It’s even more difficult to do in the moment. But Peter reminds us that this is the lifestyle that God has called us to and that blessings will pour out our way if we live in such a manner. It’s hard, it’s unnatural, but whenever you are out and about this Christmas season, remember to give blessings for insults. Smile, pay for that complicated Starbucks drink, and just apologize to the person chewing you out for bumping into them. Pay insults back with blessings.