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1 Peter 3:8-12

1 Peter 3:8-12

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  • 1. True Grace in the Believer’s Life Brings Suffering 1 Peter 3:8-12
  • 2. 1PE 3:8 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. 1PE 3:11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 1PE 3:12 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."
  • 3. Some Real Questions
    • Do I have to suffer?
    • Why?
    • Are there benefits to my suffering?
    • Should I be afraid?
    • How do I prepare?
  • 4. 5 Imperatives for Christians (v.8)
    • Live in Harmony (Rom 12:16; Philp. 1:27;2:2)
    • Be Sympathetic (Rom 12:15; 1 Cor. 12:26)
    • Love as Brothers (1 Thess. 4:9-10)
    • Be Compassionate (Matt.11:29)
    • Be Humble (Philp. 2:6ff)
    • Everyone united to Christ should display these qualities
  • 5. Imperative for Hostile Attacks (v. 9)
    • DO NOT repay evil with evil, but with blessing
    • In teaching and in practice Jesus responded to hostility with grace (Matt. 5:44; Luke 23:34)
    • Blessing – opposite of curse; friendly disposition; Jesus went beyond to active intercession (Acts 7:60; 1 Cor. 4:12)
  • 6. “Because to this” (why we do it)
    • Some Possibilities
      • Because intercession will bring rewards?
      • Because the calling of Christians to grace should make them gracious to others?
  • 7. Psalm 34:12-16 (verses 10-12)
    • Already mentioned in 2:3 ( tasted that the Lord is good )
    • Life and good days of the Psalm carry meaning of this life and beyond
      • Gracious living may yield a longer life here
      • An evil life may be shortened here
    • Christians must actively seek peace
    • Our "eyes," our "ears," and our "face" speak of our personal relation to God.