Lesson 8
I Peter 3:8-14

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(Vs. 8) "Finally." Having finished the subject respecting citizens and magistrates, servants and masters, husbands and wives, Peter sums up the whole matter with the following words:

"Be ye all of the same mind" whatever difference in sex, station, position, or age. Be of the same mind toward God; seek His will, His glory, His acceptance. Be of the same mind toward one another; we are all children of His family. Be of the same mind toward the good and growth of His church. "He that is not for Me is against Me."

"Have compassion one of another." Sympathize, not criticize! Weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

"Love as brethren." That is, (1) love ALL of the believers, (2) love as Christ loved us, (3) love without hypocrisy in deed, not in word only, and (4) love continually, for true love never dies. How will this love be expressed? (1) In praying for one another, (2) in forgiving one another, (3) in sharing with one another both temporal and spiritual needs, and (4) in seeking out one another for fellowship and encouragement.

"Be pitiful." The word here is compassionate and tender (Eph. 4:32).

"Be courteous." Be friendly, seeking those things which are most agreeable and beneficial to others. Avoid moody pouting, stiffness, and pride.

(Vs. 9) "Not rendering evil for evil." That is, if you feel that someone has slighted you, ignored you, or wronged you, do not GET EVEN by returning the same treatment or attitude; rather, forgive them and love them. It could be a total misunderstanding on your part; but even if not, we are to forgive others as God forgives us.

"Or railing for railing." That is, do not return harsh language and tongue lashing to such as have given it to you. It is a terrible temptation to answer back in the way we have been addressed; but it is not the way of our Lord, Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again.

"Knowing that you are thereunto called." You are called. You are called to love, not hate; to bless, not curse; to forgive, not revenge; to mercy, not Judgment; to demonstrate the Spirit of Christ, not the spirit of evil. You are called to inherit a blessing and to be a blessing.

(Vs. 10-12) This is taken from Psalm 34:12-16. It is referring to the man who desires to live a true spiritual life, who desires communion with God, who wants the blessings of Christ on him, and who wishes to be like Christ.

Henry Mahan is pastor of
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.