What I read today;
2 Peter 3-4; Acts5-6; Jeremiah 26-27; Psalm 59; 2 Samuel 12-13; Leviticus 4
1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” NRSV
1 Peter 3:15-16, “but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. ” NRSV
1 Peter 4:7-11, “The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” NRSV
Throughout 1 Peter 3 and 4, two themes jump off the pages.
The first is humility.
We should not attempt to gain advantage or lord over non-believers our Christian faith. In fact, we should have the heart of a servant no matter what we do. Peter talks about our having sympathy for those who do not know Christ. He discusses not thinking evil of those who persecute us. He tells us to be of service no matter what.
The second is love.
He speaks of a love that has a tender heart. A love that does not harm or seek out revenge. Because love is the great equalizer. Love builds up and doesn’t tear down. Love conquers even the hardest of hearts.