1. michael

    re: 1 Peter 3:15, i particularly like peterson’s take on 1Peter 3:15-18:
    “If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.”

    • I have got to say that Peterson’s take on 1 Peter 3:15 is the kind of encouragement that I need to hear. The heart of the scoffer is centered on the self, and will hurt the faithful believer in many ways. I am reminded of Jesus encouraging us to endure to the end. After all, Jesus endured to the end as a great example. True, it was in his covenant with his Father to endure the shame and suffering of the cross for our sins. Jesus comforts us as we endure.

      Indeed, he did go “through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.”

  2. KM

    I like your prayer points at the end. Simple yet profound! Good for any believer, at any stage in their walk. Thanks 🙂

  3. I like the prayer points at the end in that they mostly consist of trusting God to be good on his terms… It’s just that sometimes pride and impatience get in the way. Not always easy to stick with, but so good in the end. Thanks for you kind comment KM!

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