1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 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 bless you for it. (1 Peter 3:8, 9 NLT)
Peter lists five key elements that should characterize any group of believers;
1-Harmony: pursuing the same goals.
2-sympathy: being responsive to others needs
3-love: seeing and treating each other as brothers and sisters.
4-compassion: being affectionately sensitive and caring.
5-humility: being willing to encourage one another and rejoice in each other’s successes. These five qualities go along way toward helping believers serve God effectively.
In our fallen world, it is often deemed acceptable by some to tear people down verbally or to get back at them if we feel hurt. Peter, remembering Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek, encourages his readers to pay back wrongs by praying for the offenders. Revenge is unacceptable behavior, as is insulting a person, no matter how indirectly it is done. Rise above getting back at those who hurt you. Instead of reacting angrily to these people, pray for them.