1 Peter 3 Peter is writing to believers who are facing persecution. They are facing trials for their faith. They face hatred and evil insults from others and the sinful heart of man is revealed. Today we are seeing this hatred in real life; it is all around us. It is in our news, in our communities, and yes even in our families. We must stop and ask: How shall we respond?
Beloved, whether or not you or I are facing persecution or evil behavior from others, the truth remains. We “MUST” Be Christ-followers and Christ-examples. Peter leaves no stone unturned when he says “Finally ALL of you….you “MUST” be of one mind” and that only happens when the mind is renewed. “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” [Rom 12]
Remember Peter’s counsel: “get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.”: “FINALLY ALL of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate and humble.” We do it because we “MUST” choose to do it.
Think of it like a light switch. If we want light we push the switch to the upper position and to close it the opposite. So it is in our minds. We “MUST” choose to pull the switch of our new nature so that we do not return evil for evil or insult for insult. We “MUST” choose to bless others. We “MUST” turn away from evil and do good. We “MUST” seek peace and pursue it.
Remember this: the battle begins in the mind. It is there that we make choices when faced with evil, insults, and injustices.
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