1 Peter 3:8–12 (ESV)
Suffering for Righteousness’ Sake
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
We are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ. A faith that was given to us as a gift. Peter writes how we should act and behave, which is sanctification. We will never be perfect until we get to heaven, but we are still called to be Holy.
We are justified by God’s grace, and sanctified by the working of the Holy Spirit in our live’s. Peter reminds us: “8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay
evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” The “all of you” are Christians. Notice how the reading does not focus on yourself, but how we are
to treat others. It reminds of Philippians 2:3–4 (ESV): “ Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests
I pray: O heavenly Father, I too often focus on my self and my own needs instead of keeping my eyes focused on you. Help me to put
others before myself and to live in unity, having sympathy and to be tenderhearted and humble. Forgive me and help me to serve others. Amen.