1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For
"He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.
As children, a verse quoted to us a lot was Ephesians 4:32–Be ye kind one to another…
As we continue through the Virtues of a Christian, the next on the list is Kindness. Lots of different versions of what folks think kindness looks like floating around out there nowadays. But true kindness is something that will always be present and prominent in the life and character of a true believer. Love is never without kindness, neither will kindness be present without love being there also. If God is love—and He is—then He is also kind. And we should be also.
This passage continues the household code instructions of I Peter. Now Peter addresses everyone instead of a smaller sub-group. The passage teaches that you must pursue good because God knows all things. You must pursue good by blessing all people and pursuing peace with others. To trust in Christ is to have the Lord God watching over you for your good. But, walking in unbelief is to have the face of God set against you in wrath. The blood of Jesus is the only thing that can take you from under wrath to grace. If you are in Christ, seek to live a holy life under God's caring watch.
Dennis Bullock delivers Part 1 of "Building Lasting Relationships" From 1 Peter 3: 8-12.
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,....none of us will ever be what the Lord Jesus was in the days of His humanity…. In perfection, holiness, love, mercy, and compassion…but as we grow and mature in Christ, each of us should be becoming more and more like Him…and more of Him should be coming forth from our lives!
Peter directly addresses all of his readers with summary statements about the manner in which Christians should live in general as part of their submission to God. This includes the Christians attitudes, actions, purpose and pursuits.
We need to understand what God gave us our tongue and our words for! There is a divine purpose and in understanding this, we can grow to more fully live for the glory of God! The bottom line is our words are not our own. God is to be the Lord over our mouths. He is the owner of our words as they are given to us by Him. So, how can we live using our tongues as God created them for? We find the answer in Ephesians 4.
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These last two verses of chapter 4 are a continuation of Paul's exhortation in verse 30 not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed to the day of redemption. Since the Holy Spirit is sealed to your soul after you have savingly believed in Christ, and since He beholds continually, all that is taking place in the thoughts of your mind and heart, it is not a good thing to grieve Him. Instead you must learn to respond to His pure motions and the impressions that He is making upon your heart by doing the specific things which are listed here.
1st – Putting away all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking from you. 2nd – Being kind to one another. And 3rd – Being tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you. This is pretty straightforward, isn't it? And yet we know that sometimes it is very hard for the Christian to do this. So let's think together about these things for a few minutes, and see how we might please the Holy Spirit.
Traveling Light (Forgiveness) Ephesians 4:26-32 Lesson six is about Traveling light and not carrying around luggage like bitterness,wrath,anger,clamor (Blame),evil speaking, and malice (spitefulness). We can unload the heavy suitcase of all these things by rebuked, repenting and forgiveness.Quit keeping scoreboards on each others activity and be a grace giver.The words that we use to keep the suitcase light when traveling down the journey of life with our marriage partners is words like kind,tenderhearted,and forgiving.We need to become good at being forgivers.When you become a good forgiver, the journey is lighter in the suitcase.