1 Peter 3 B

  • “To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kind hearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. ‘For the one who desires life, to love and see good days, he must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.'” (8-11)
  • Humility runs at the center of this exhortation. A prideful heart will always feel inclined to rebut an insult. Picking a fight can feel easy, or natural, but this must be rejected.

    What does it mean to seek peace and pursue it?

    Every day comes with opportunities to choose either peace or strife. With all of us messy humans bumping into each other, we tend to complicate things; taking our impatience, fatigue or hunger out of each other.

    How can we make a habit of stopping to remember peace?

    Think of a conflict in your life. What’s going on there? Can you find an opening for peace to enter in? If you feel too overwhelmed in the thick of it, pray! And if you still feel stuck, ask the Lord to direct you to a friend who can help you find the avenue for peace.

    Remember, it will probably start with humility.


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