CUT DOWN . . . . . 1 Peter 3:9 in our sinful world, it is acceptable to tear people down verbally or to get back at them if we feel hurt. Remembering Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), Peter encourages his readers to pay back wrongs by praying for the offenders. In God’s kingdom, revenge is unacceptable behavior. So is insulting a person, no matter how indirectly it is done. Rise above getting back at those who hurt you. Instead, pray for them.