8Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. 10For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; 11let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12, NRSV)
We are called to love all of the creation of God, that means everything. We can not hate and love God.
That is the hardest thing for us because when someone does us wrong we want to retaliate. That is our human trait at work here.
But here we are reminded that we should not repay evil with evil.
We need to love as God loved us, even when we didn’t deserve it.
So we might help others see God’s love.
So no repaying evil for evil, but love them.