Pursue Peace with Doves and Dragons – 1 Peter 3:8-12

February 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Pursue Peace with Doves and Dragons – 1 Peter 3:8-12

 

This week in our Sue Edwards’ study on 1 Peter, we’re studying how to remain at peace with our brothers and sisters, as well as those who persecute us. I have to tell you that I’m not great at peacemaking. Sure it’s my intention, but when I’m crossed or offended, pride and self-protection rise up within me and I may not be so nice. I’m also a chicken when it comes to following the Matthew 18 admonitions to deal with offenses one to one. OK, I’ve even engaged in unbiblical complaining to others a time or two rather than going to the person directly. My intentions are good, but my flesh gets in the way. Can anyone relate??

Peter tells us to “have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” This is how we are to be with one another. In our homes, families, churches, small groups. With fellow believers. Brothers and sisters. We need to begin practicing this now, because the next verse ramps it up a lot. He says, “Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.” If we can’t make peace with those who aren’t persecuting us, how will be ever be able to obey this under persecution?

I’ve always been impressed with the story of Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs who was imprisoned in communist Romania for 14 years. Despite harsh conditions that included horrible physical abuse and torture, he returned love for hate. VOM now supports our brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for Christ. I make it a point to read their free magazine every month, simply to keep my heart and mind ready for the persecution I expect will come here in my lifetime. Am I ready? Are you?

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