True Grace In The Believer’S Life Brings Suffering 1Presentation Transcript
True Grace in the Believer’s Life Brings Suffering 1 Peter 3:8-12
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."
Some Real Questions
Do I have to suffer?
Are there benefits to my suffering?
Should I be afraid?
How do I prepare?
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
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)
“Because to this” (why we do it)
Because intercession will bring rewards?
Because the calling of Christians to grace should make them gracious to others?
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.