Get Ready To Love Like Christ

Wednesday 1 Peter 3 12

 

Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Get Ready To Live In Love!!!!

1Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
1Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
1Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Much of life is about getting ready: Getting ready for school, getting ready for Church, getting ready for work.
We all need to get ready. And the most important thing anybody can ever do to get ready is receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ died on the Cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to rule as King of kings and Lord of lords. So, you will never be ready for eternity until you trust in Jesus. To die without Jesus is an eternity in Hell and that is so very sad. This is something I do not want for my worst enemy.

First: Get Ready To Live In Love.
1Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

When Peter wrote these words, he must have been thinking about something he said back in 1 Peter 2:23-24
1Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

God wants us to live in love like that. And it makes sense, because everybody needs love! We all need to get it. And we all need to give it.
This reminds us that sometimes we drop the ball. And sometimes we get the ball dropped on us. So, we need to get Christ-like love. And we need to give it. In these two verses Peter helps us understand what this Christ-like love is like.
For example, Christ-like love harmonious. That’s why in vs. 8, Peter says, “All of you be of one mind.” “Be ye all of one mind.” God wants us to be like-minded, living together in unity as believers.
Christ-like love is harmonious. And it’s compassionate. Peter tells us in vs. 8 to have “compassion for one another.” The idea is having sympathetic feelings for other people. And in fact, the original word here is where we get our word “sympathy.”
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Love must be communicated, and it must be demonstrated. Again, Jesus Christ is our example, as we see in Romans 5:8, which says that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God demonstrated His love for us, and he wants us to demonstrate love too!
-So, get ready to live in love.

Second: Also Get Ready For Bountiful Blessings.

This is Peter’s message to us in vs. 9:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Christians: We are called to inherit the blessing of salvation.
*We are called to inherit the rich blessings that come through the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
-Forgiveness of sins.
-Fellowship with God.
-Fellowship with God’s family.
-And forever in Heaven.
We have the blessings of salvation. But God also wants us to have the blessings of sanctification.
*Sanctification is a life set apart by God and for God, a life of holiness and righteousness. That is the blessed life. And this is Peter’s message to us in vs. 10-12:
1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

*We also have the joy of knowing that a great reward is coming our way. You see, that word “blessed” is the same word Jesus used when He talked about Christian suffering in Luke 6:22-23. There the Lord said:
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

But Peter is not finished talking about our suffering for Christ. Starting in vs. 16, Peter says that we should be:

1Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

*Christians: We’ve all come up short from time to time.
-Maybe we were distracted.
-Maybe we were afraid we would say the wrong thing.
-Maybe we were just caught off guard.
But no doubt, we’ve all missed opportunities. I know I have. God wants us to be ready:
-To speak out for Him.
-To live in Christ-like love.
-And even to suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ.
*We need to get ready. We Need To Take God’s word SERIOUSLY!!!
We Need to Take OUR WALK SERIOUSLY!!!
We Need To Take Our Love towards Our Savior and Others SERIOUSLY!!!

 

THE LOVE OF GOD
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

 

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

 

 

 

 

 

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