1 Peter 3: 8-17
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
We should live our lives in a manner that reflects the way that God loves us. Remember that while we were still in sin, God loved us so much that he sent his Son from heaven to be our payment for sin. We must be willing to accept Christ as our Lord and make his life our example of how to treat others. We are now to live in peace with all men as much as possible by turning from evil and to be eager to do good even to those who would spitefully use us, knowing that we will inherit a blessing and God will hear our prayers. We must humbly guard our tongue from speaking evil and be willing to give the reason for our hope in Christ with gentleness and respect. We must be willing to suffer for doing good.
Father thank you for your love for each of us. Help us to guard our tongue, to live in harmony, to love as brothers, to turn from all evil, and to be gentle with respect for others. Help us to be transformed where we live our lives will honor to your word so that others may see Christ in us. We desire to be a blessing. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.