THE GOOD LIFE IV

I PETER 3

8-12 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

 

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good,

Here’s what you do:Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good;

run after peace for all you’re worth.

God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked;

But he turns his back on those who do evil things.

OUR WORDS OFTEN CAUSE OUR LIVES TO BE LOST IN TRANSLATION

    OUR MOUTHS WRITE CHECKS OUR LIFE CAN’T CASH

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”                                                         St. Francis of Assisi

PRACTICE — DON’T PREACH

OUR LIVES SHOULD BE THE BEST SERMON WE EVER PREACH

PROVERBS 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

WORDS ARE FREE, IT’S HOW YOU USE THEM THAT COST YOU

JAMES 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

(MSG) Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage.

I PETER 3:8-12 Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

THE GOOD LIFE ISN’T ABOUT BEING BLESSED, IT’S ABOUT BEING A BLESSING

I PETER 3:8-12

 

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good,

Here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good;

run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval,

listening and responding well to what he’s asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things.

PSALM 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

PEACE DOESN’T COME JUST BECAUSE WE CALL FOR IT

MATTHEW 5:9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

PEACEMAKERS NOT PEACEKEEPERS

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war.” Thomas Merton

ROMANS 14:17-18 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

“SINKING WITHOUT A TRACE INTO SURROUNDING CULTURE” OR “ADOPTING A STAND OFF-ISH, HOLIER THAN THOU APPROACH” NT WRIGHT

We show honor, not because people deserve it, but because we are honorable.” Pastor Randy Hill

THE GOOD LIFE ISN’T ABOUT BEING BLESSED, IT’S ABOUT BEING A BLESSING

13-18 If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.