1 Peter 3:13-22 – October 7
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 3:13-22 – Suffering for Doing Good
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Humbly Forgive | Dyea Rowland
1 Peter 3:16-17
What an expression of genuine faith in God — believing Jesus is Lord of all circumstances. Some of those circumstances, we’re called to suffer, by Him, Himself, some by the evil hearts or deeds of others.
Forgiving is tough sometimes. When I’ve thought certain situations had been squashed or difficult people seem to rear their ugly ways — You want me to be WHAT? You want me to do WHAT? You see all the opposition that goes on, but forgiving and forgiving humbly — I know will make me the winner in heaven. Certain situations have been trying lately, so I have to remember that it is important to do the right thing. I know You care for me, and it is pleasing to You when I do those things.
Father, thank You for sending Jesus to humbly forgive me. I’m asking that You help me keep my conscious clear. Help me to always be humble in evil and unclear situations. And help me to forgive anyone who may oppose me or Your truth. My hope is in You…Amen.
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