Wednesday 15 October, 2014

1 Peter 3:8-12

8 Finally, I want all of you to live together in peace. Be understanding. Love one another like members of the same family. Be kind and tender. Don’t be proud. 9 Don’t pay back evil with evil. Don’t pay back unkind words with unkind words. Instead, pay them back with kind words. That’s what you have been chosen to do. You can receive a blessing by doing it. 10 Scripture says, “Do you want to love life and see good days? Then keep your tongues from speaking evil. Keep your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil, and do good. Look for peace, and go after it. 12 The Lord’s eyes look with favor on those who are godly. His ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord doesn’t look with favor on those who do evil.”

Peter is writing to believers and so the call he issues to the letter recipients in regards to how they are to live is for us as well. As a believer I am called to be about these things.

It begs the question – how am I treating my brothers and sisters in Christ? Am I being loving, compassionate, humble and forgiving? Am I pursuing unity, seeking peace, watching what I say and going after what pleases God? Am I aligning myself with God and making it ‘easy’ for God to answer my prayers because I’m living in submission to Him?

God, please help me to die to myself and heed your call. Thank you that in walking in obedience to your ways I experience the best possible life and enjoy rich relationships with your people. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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