Thus far in the book of Peter we have become familiar with Christians responsibilities when relationships are concerned. Our responsibility versus those of the world (1 Peter 2:11-12), also versus government authorities (1 Peter 2:13-17), our responsibilities as servants or masters (1 Peter 2:18-25) and, our responsibility in spousal relationships (1 Peter 3:1-7).
In the next verses, Peter lays out responsibilities and expectations bestowed upon believers as we are involved in relationships with one another.
“8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8)
Calling on believers to live in harmony, Peter invites his readers to be compassionate and humble, just as Jesus was. The apostle John wrote about this kind of unity.
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:20-21)
This unity is only possible through faith and submission to the will of God and His word. By accepting God’s purpose for our lives we allow ourselves to be united with other believers. Through faith driven compassion we follow the path that leads to eternal life in heaven. Humbled by Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s grace we serve one another in love.
Peter then continues his letter by addressing vengeance and slander. Because we have been redeemed through a holy sacrifice, believers are called to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit when faced with challenges, with temptation.
“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.” (1 Peter 3:9)
Just as Jesus did when persecuted we are to bless and pray for those who wrong us no matter what. This passage clearly does not prevent someone from defending themselves rather it entails we are not to plot against or repay those who offend us. Instead as followers of Jesus Christ baptized in the Spirit, Christians are commanded to trust in the Lord’s judgment and live according to His divine, perfect plan.
“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.” (1 Peter 3:10-11)
In these verses Peter warns us to keep our tongues in check. Found throughout the bible, this warning is of utmost importance to believers and non-believers alike.
While everyone everyone seeks happiness and prosperity, only Christians are promised the gist of eternal life from God almighty, the supreme being and creator of humanity and all that surround us. Therefore it is wise to adopt a conduct that’s acceptable to God and live according to His will, not in search of a reward but in tune with God’s divine promise to grant all believers an inheritance that stretches beyond comprehension.
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.” (1 Peter 3:8-12)
All seeing, all hearing and omnipresent, these are great powers exerted by God. Vengeance is His, so is judgment. Worship, obedience and faith driven purpose are part of the responsibilities associated with Christianity. Responsibilities to those of the world, to government, to our spouse and to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Always remember God’s judgment is not based on His love for us, which is unconditional, His divine judgment is based on our love for Him and our faith in the great sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross as the redeemer of our sins.
Embrace faith driven compassion for others, it will keep you on the narrow path. Fill your hearts and minds with humility remembering the immense sacrifices made by Jesus, and you will be filled with strength and wisdom as you walk the narrow path that leads to the gates of heaven. Let’s pray!
We thank you for this day and for your servants Peter and John,
We praise you God for their wisdom and for their works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of both apostles.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we face temptation and persecution
Fill our hearts Lord with your love, your strength, with your wisdom,
Allow us to abide by your word as we show compassion to one another in love
Becoming examples of faith through humble obedience.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre