(October 1, 2015)
Once again we are given difficult counsel from the Lord, but it is important to examine just what we are being told. The Lord instruction is to revile not against those who revile. Notice some key elements here. First, the instruction to revile not is given against people who are, themselves, engaging in the exact behavior that is counseled against. It is not an excuse to say that they acted first – they reviled first – but rather even when they revile the Lord’s instruction is not to revile in kind.
The second thought is that this instruction is given to those on an errand from the Lord. So not only are they being reviled, but they are being reviled for doing what the Lord told them to do. Surely there could be no more unjust reviling than this one. And yet, even then, the Lord’s instruction is to revile not.