Thankful Thursday – 1 Peter 3:8-9

1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. (1 Peter 3:8, 9 NLT)

Message:
Peter lists five key elements that should characterize any group of believers;
1-Harmony: pursuing the same goals.
2-sympathy: being responsive to others needs
3-love: seeing and treating each other as brothers and sisters.
4-compassion: being affectionately sensitive and caring.
5-humility: being willing to encourage one another and rejoice in each other’s successes. These five qualities go along way toward helping believers serve God effectively.

In our fallen world, it is often deemed acceptable by some to tear people down verbally or to get back at them if we feel hurt. Peter, remembering Jesus’ teaching to turn the other cheek, encourages his readers to pay back wrongs by praying for the offenders. Revenge is unacceptable behavior, as is insulting a person, no matter how indirectly it is done. Rise above getting back at those who hurt you. Instead of reacting angrily to these people, pray for them.

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About Kristina Miller

I am a 43 year old Wife, Mother of Two Boys 12 and 6, 2012 IDC Breast Cancer SURVIVOR, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Football and Lacrosse Fan, Antique Junky, Healthcare Worker, and Life Group Leader who attends Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, GA. Going through life trying to BE the best I can, and be a BLESSING to as many as possible. I created this blog, with the help of my husband, Sean, for my small group's weekly bible study readings. I am using a NIV teaching bible to help deliver the messages. I'm so glad you're here! God Bless.
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