I Peter 3:9 09/06/19

09.05.19 | Justin Dix |

Friday, September 6, 2019

The apostle Peter describes the actions of a Christ-follower that produces a satisfying life.

I Peter 3:9 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. (NASB)

Peter writes to followers of Christ who were being persecuted, experiencing trial, and were in danger. They were surrounded by hostility. The apostle says, no matter how badly you’re treated – don’t retaliate! Instead, bless them. One Bible teacher suggests this means things like: loving them unconditionally; praying for their salvation; being thankful for them; speaking well of them and seeking their well-being.

If this sounds like a pretty radical response to ill treatment – you’d be right! But this is how Christ lived when He was on earth; it’s also the way Christ treated you when you wanted nothing to do with Him! So, having received such a blessing from Christ – why do we hesitate at blessing others in the same way?


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