Blessing One Another

In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change the TV channel.  “What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?  asks Linus  “These five fingers,” says Lucy.  “Individually they’re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single fist they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.”

 “Which channel do you want?” Linus asks. In the final frame, Linus turns away and looks at his fingers and says, “Why can’t you guys get organized like that?”

 Well, there are two ways of being united.  One is through fear, force and intimidation.  The other is through faith, hope and love. The former is carnal, the later is spiritual.  The former causes problems, the later produces peace.  The former brings a curse, the later a blessing.

 These two approaches are contrasted in 1 Peter 3:8-9.  “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” NASU

 Our relationship in Christ is not one in which we return evil for evil, nor do we render reviling for reviling.  Instead of wishing evil on another brother, we seek to be a blessing to one another.  The word “blessing” here means ‘to speak well of, to praise, to celebrate, to invoke God’s gracious power on another.”

 Being a blessing to one another is God’s way of us getting along, of being an instrument of peace instead of a wedge of division.  Besides, vengeance doesn’t belong to us; it is God’s prerogative.  Treating a person with kindness rather than vengeance is the way to move his heart.

 Let me suggest four practical ways we can be a blessing to others.

 1.     Treat people better than they treat you.  Jesus tells us that it is easy to love people who love us.  But we are called to a higher standard.  We treat people nice who are not very nice to us. (Lk 6:27-31)

 2.     Walk the second mile (Matt 5:41).  A second mile person is one who says “I will more than is required, more than is expected, and more than is necessary. 

 3.     Help people you can’t help you.  You are a blessing to others when you do good without an expectation of a return favor.  Some people invite people for dinner, then wait for them to reciprocate.  Or buy a gift, anticipating to receive a gift. The spirit of being a blessing to others is doing good just for the sake of doing good.

 4.     Do right when you want to do wrong.  This is the eternal challenge of the flesh versus the spirit. When you feel like picking a fight, pray.  When you want to curse, bless.  When you’re tempted to be sarcastic, be sympathetic

 Being a blessing to one another is the purpose of our calling.  And it allows us to live in harmony with others.  It produces inner peace and personal satisfaction.  But most of all, we enjoy the approval of God.

Resolve today to be a blessing to everyone you meet.


Filed under Blessing, Relationships

5 responses to “Blessing One Another

  1. I love all your posts! Ken, you are such a good communicator, and a good thinker. I miss you.

  2. Janice Grant - Chiefland

    Often times I think we think we have to “do” something to be an encouragement or blessing to others when often it is our presence, a kind word or smile that is a blessing to others. Many is the time I have been a little down, missing folks that have passed on when a timely smile or soft word made all the difference in the world to me. It made me realized how truly blessed I am. Thank you for sharing your inspiring words; you are a true blessing to us!

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