9 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 (1 Peter 3).
Perhaps Peter, when writing this, was thinking of the command of the Lord Jesus to “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). Individually, we are to exchange neither “evil” nor “insults” with those who hate us, but are to leave that up to government institutions (Romans 13:1-4).
We must neither act nor speak in ways other than as “blessings” to those who do evil to us and rail against us. Actually, the fact that we are able to “give a blessing” to our enemies is proof of our standing as children of God, and thus also our hope for “inheriting a blessing” ourselves.
Lord, thank You for the blessings we inherit when we bless others—especially our enemies. Help us This Day to instruments of blessings. Amen.