Saturday, August 11, 2018
1 Peter 3:8-12 (NKJV)
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tender hearted, be courteous; 9not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10For “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. 11Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
It is natural for us to choose our careers, professions and lifestyles, but in the Christian faith which we profess, it is God that determines and gives the precepts that fit the vocation of His Children. One of such sublime vocations is Love – owe no man anything but love. It was in the light of the acrimony evident in the Church that Apostle Peter gave the foregoing admonition.
He enjoins us to focus upon the calling of the Lord to seek peace, love, empathy and compassion and repay insult with blessing so as to inherit eternal life (1 Peter 3:8-10). Jesus affirmed that he called us to bear fruits of righteousness exemplified in harmony, unity and humility (John 15:8-9, 16-17; Eph 5:9).
Let us as God’s elect, live in accordance with the dictates of the scriptures, for we are aliens on earth. More so, God is against those who do evil – who love not, for God is love. However, His eyes and ears are open and on the righteous, and He attends to their prayers.
Food for thought – To live well and see good days, we must bridle our tongue and seek and pursue peace with all men.
Prayer: Lord teach me to love unconditionally.