Thursday, May 12, 2011

Good morning brothers and sisters,
Peter encourages his readers to be known for doing the right thing. That way whether people respect them or abuse them they will know that the Christians are full of love. He also encourages them to be ready to tell others about their hope. In other words, when we put our faith in action by doing good to everyone, people are likely to ask why we do things the way we do. People might ask why we always seem so joyful, or why little annoyances don't get to us the way they get to others, or why we're so generous.

Peter calls his readers to spend some time reflecting on our faith and how we can put it into words so when people ask, we have a good, honest answer that points them to God's love. Evangelism doesn't have to be the guy with a bullhorn in front of the Red Wings game, it can simply mean a simple answer about God's love when people ask why you get up early on a Sunday. We are called to share that love in our words and actions.
How has God blessed you? How can you put your faith into words?

God bless,

1 Peter 3:8-17

8Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. 10For “Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips from speaking deceit; 11let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.

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