Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
After a week off, working to pull off an estate sale and all that goes with that, we are tired. But this is Monday, and it’s back to the workplace. What is my attitude? I don’t want to go. I would rather stay in bed and direct my day as I want it. But that is not the life the God has in mind for us. That is a selfish attitude. Peter reminds me to be a blessing, to think blessed thoughts, to prepare NOW how I will answer coworkers, family, and others who will approach me today. THAT’S my job…to be a blessing. No matter what comes this day, be a blessing!
Ah, this will take prayer. God will help.
1 Peter 3, The Message
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.
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.
19-22 He went and proclaimed God’s salvation to earlier generations who ended up in the prison of judgment because they wouldn’t listen. You know, even though God waited patiently all the days that Noah built his ship, only a few were saved then, eight to be exact—saved from the water by the water. The waters of baptism do that for you, not by washing away dirt from your skin but by presenting you through Jesus’ resurrection before God with a clear conscience. Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angels to armies. He’s standing right alongside God, and what he says goes.
What do we learn?
–We learn HOW to be a blessing!
–No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm.
–We need help. Jesus provided it.
–Jesus has the last word.
–Bless, even when you don’t feel like it at the moment. Feelings change.
–Not everyone will appreciate you or the blessing…do it anyway.
Dear Heavenly Father, You have blessed me with the exact words I needed for a Monday, get back to work, morning. Thank you! Go with us all. Give us wisdom, insight and understanding to be a blessing in the most excellent way…with Your love in our hearts. Your kind of Love never fails.
In Jesus Name, Amen