Sep 18, 2011

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30 for 30 Day 27 | 1 Peter 3:8-18

30 for 30 Day 27 | 1 Peter 3:8-18

30 for 30 is a daily walk with Christ which covers thirty small sections of scripture over thirty days.  The premise of the study is to really slow down and reflect on small snippets of scripture.  Today will be focused on 1 Peter 3:8-18

Suffering for Doing Good

8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  10 For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.  11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.  13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.  Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.  15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  17 It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  18 For Christ died for sins once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

 

Questions:

What was the key verse from the passage, the one that jumped off the page speaking directly to you?

The combination of verses 15 and 16 spoke to me.  “15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

I personally have felt the Holy Spirit flowing through me like an energy I have never felt before.  A nice side effect of this is that a majority of the time, I am in an extremely good mood.  Various people have asked me if I lost weight, if I got a new haircut, etc, etc.  They notice that something is different, but they just can’t put a finger on it.  It is then that I take the opportunity to tell them about how I asked Jesus to come into my life and how he has forever changed me.   Hopefully they see the joy and fulfillment that I now experience in my life and would want the same for themselves.

It should also be noted that when I speak about my relationship with Christ, that I do so “with gentleness and respect”.  As much as I want to scream at the top of my lungs “JESUS IS REAL!!!  I WANT YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE SAME AWESOME, FULFILLING, FANTASTIC RELATIONSHIP”,  I try to show them through how I act and how I feel what they could also obtain. 

Are there any actions to take in my own life to better serve God?

As much as it pains us to not strike back at those who mistreat us, we must not but instead pray for them to receive blessings from God.  I pretty much get along with most everyone but there are a few people that I have crossed paths with that for some reason have just been nasty towards me.  In the past, I shrugged it off and left it at that.  In the future I am going to try to bring myself to ask God to bless them and allow them to also find Him.

Is there an example for me to follow?

 I think verse 8 sums it up.  “8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble

 

Have a different verse jump out at you, let me know which one and why—–Post a Comment!

  1. basically live by the golden rule….treat others as you would want to be treated. love God first…then love other OUT OF love for GOD! doesn't matter if you like the person or not….you are 'loving' them out of your love for God. very hard to do though. all we can do is keep trying. as far as sharing Jesus. example is best way. if you PUSH Him…they will most likely tune you out, or write you off as a nut. but if you "SHOW" Him, that may draw their interest and then a conversation. they will see/learn that you can still be 'normal' and still be a disciple.

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