Ever seen a movie where two people are going at it with the trash talk? Tearing each other down by trying to come up with a bigger insult than the one they just received. Verbal attacks on the other person's looks, intelligence, parentage, or family are all par for the course. Well, unfortunately we too can be too quick with the trash talk at times. We don't want to seem small so we fire a rapid sarcastic comment back to cut the other person down to size.
Peter wants us to try a new culture, swapping the trash talk for prayer talk. 'Never return...insult for insult...pray...for their welfare, happiness, and protection...that you may...inherit a blessing [from God]... Keep [your] tongue...from evil' (1 Peter 3:9-10 AMP).
Imagine Peter's version of trash talk: Your family's so poor I'm bringing you food and clothing round tonight! I'm praying for wisdom for your dad! You may be dirty now but the blood of Jesus can wash you white as snow! Ok. So maybe that kind of talk won't catch on. But here's the challenge, why not look for the best in people, not the worst? The beauty. Not the ugliness. '...win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man' (Proverbs 3:4 NIV).