Well, this is a simple job description. What is my job? It is to bless. That is it!! When I do, I am a blessing to others and I also get my Heavenly Father’s blessing.
God’s goal is for us to bless others. That is the focus that the Messiah Jesus wants us to have. Here are some ways to bless. Focus on these 5 characteristics will be a blessing to others.
- Be agreeable with others. Find ways to agree, not disagree and argue.
- By sympathetic. Understand the plight and difficulties in life.
- Be loving. This is our main goal given to us from God.
- Be compassionate. Demonstrate our concern.
- Be humble. Humility is a huge thing in relationships. It comes out an attitude of service.
May I bless others at every turn today.
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
We should begin with love for God’s people. The word “finally” means “to sum it all up.” Just as the whole of the Law is summed up in love, so the whole of human relationships is fulfilled in love. This applies to every disciple of Jesus and to every area of life.
This love is evidenced by a unity of mind. Unity does not mean uniformity; it means cooperation during diversity. The members of the body work together in unity, even though they are all different. Disciples of Jesus may differ on how things are to be done, but they must agree on what is to be done and why. A man criticized D.L. Moody’s methods of evangelism, and Moody said, “Well, I’m always ready for improvement. What are your methods?” The man confessed that he had none! “Then I’ll stick to my own,” said Moody. Whatever methods we may use, we must seek to honor Jesus, win the lost, and build the church. Some methods are definitely not scriptural, but there is plenty of room for variety in the church.
Another evidence of love is compassion, a sincere “feeling for and with” the needs of others. Our English word “sympathy” comes from this word. We dare not get hardhearted toward each other.
- We must share both joys and trials.
- The basis for this is the fact that we are brethren in the same family.
- We are “taught of God to love one another”.
Love reveals itself in pity, a tenderness of heart toward others. In the Roman Empire, this was not a quality that was admired; but the good news message changed all of that. Today, we are deluged with so much bad news that it is easy for us to get insulated and unfeeling. We need to cultivate compassion, and actively show others that we are concerned.
- “Be courteous” involves much more than acting like a lady or gentleman.
- “Be humble-minded” is a good translation; and, after all, humility is the foundation for courtesy, for the humble person puts others ahead of himself.
Not only should we love God’s people, but we should also love our enemies. The recipients of this letter were experiencing a certain amount of personal persecution because they were doing the will of God. Peter warned them that official persecution was just around the corner, so they had better prepare. The church today had better prepare because difficult times are ahead.
As disciples of Jesus, we can live on one of several levels.
- We can return evil for good, which is the satanic level. We can return good for good and evil for evil, which is the human level.
- Or we can return good for evil, which is the divine level. Jesus is the perfect example of this latter approach.
- As God’s loving children, we must do more than give “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”, which is the basis for justice.
- We must operate based on mercy, for that is the way God deals with us.
This admonition must have meant much to Peter himself, because he once tried to fight the Messiah’s enemies with a sword. When he was an unconverted rabbi, Paul used every means possible to oppose the church; but when he became a Christian, Paul never used human weapons to fight God’s battles. When Peter and the Apostles were persecuted, they depended on prayer and God’s power, not on their own wisdom or strength.
We must always be reminded of our calling as followers of Jesus, for this will help us love our enemies and do them good when they treat us badly. We are called to “inherit a blessing.”
- The persecutions we experience on earth today only add to our blessed inheritance of glory in heaven someday.
- But we also inherit a blessing today when we treat our enemies with love and mercy.
- By sharing a blessing with them, we receive a blessing ourselves! Persecution can be a time of spiritual enrichment for a believer.
- The saints and martyrs in church history all bear witness to this fact.
We should love one another, love our enemies, and love life. The news of impending persecution should not cause a believer to give up on life. What may appear to be “bad days” to the world can be “good days” for a disciple of Jesus, if he will only meet certain conditions.