Return a blessing for an insult – Part 2

Session 10 | Episode 2

Good day. Last week’s session was rather negative, but today we are all about building up one another by giving a blessing for an insult. 

What does a blessing-for-insult relationship look like?

A good example I can think of concerns a friend of mine, let us call her Sally.

Sally went through a painful divorce during 2020. Because of circumstances she and her ex-husband still share the same large home they own. Sally decided to give a blessing for an insult. The insults that came her way were many and painful, yet she acted with a blessing for an insult.

Her husband was on medical treatment that had an extremely negative effect on him, so much so that he was in very bad shape especially the day after the treatment. Sally would get up at night, put cold cloths on his forehead and would even sleep on the carpet next to his bed to be close when he needed help.

“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.”

1 Peter 3:8-9

“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.”

1 Peter 3:8-9

Because Sally felt things were now supposed to move to a conclusion, she asked her ex when he thought they should sell their home so each could go their own way. To her surprise he said to her he thinks he made too hasty a decision. Sally gave blessings for insults.

Certainly the very best example of a blessing for an insult is that of our Lord Jesus, who, when He hung on the cross could say “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

In part 3 we will discuss why forgiveness is necessary and how it is possible to forgive pain and insults. May God bless you during the week.

Presented by

Isolde Swanepoel

Isolde Swanepoel

Isolde studied Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria and taught at the same department until she and Quintus joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1980.

They are so aware of God’s goodness and grace as they celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2019. They are the parents of three children and three children-in-love! And Grandparents to 9.

Since 1996 Quintus and Isolde have been involved with FamilyLife, the marriage and family strategy of Campus Crusade for Christ.

Isolde Swanepoel

Isolde Swanepoel

Isolde studied Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Pretoria and taught at the same department until she and Quintus joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1980.

They are so aware of God’s goodness and grace as they celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2019. They are the parents of three children and three children-in-love! And Grandparents to 9.

Since 1996 Quintus and Isolde have been involved with FamilyLife, the marriage and family strategy of Campus Crusade for Christ.

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