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True Grace In The Believer’S Life Brings Suffering 1

True Grace In The Believer’S Life Brings Suffering 1



1 Peter 3:8-12

1 Peter 3:8-12



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    • 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?
      • Why?
      • 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)
      • Some Possibilities
        • 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.