In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”

As I think about those words today, I know that is easier to say than to do. Our natural reaction when someone attacks us is to fire back.  But truthfully, in most situations when someone is attacking us (especially without cause) it is because he or she is hurting.

That brings the second part of the verse into play, when Paul says, “Bless and don’t curse!”

I have certainly found as a Pastor that people respond much better to blessings than they do curses.  A harsh word or reactive remark can stir the embers of anger, jealousy, dislike and discord; whereas, a soft, gentle comment can ignite the process of ending the persecution.  So, if you find yourself under attack today, consider responding with a word of love or encouragement—“A Blessing and not a curse!”

After all, that is the Bible’s way, and it is the best way!

Think about it, and have a blessed day.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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