Teaching from 1 Peter3:13-18
People say, “Hey that’s not fair.” We want fair when fair is good for us.
God says, “I am always just.”
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Gal 6:7-8
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom 8:28
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?
1) Remember you are blessed.
But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. 14a
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
- Be thankful for the tests
- Know the reward is coming
2) Let it go and let God.
So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 14b
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. 15a
3) God is developing you in holiness.
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Rom 8:29
4) Share your experience. (Butology)
And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 15b
5) Focus on Christian purity. (Integrity)
16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
6) Deal with the pain.
17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!
7) Make Jesus your role model.
18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
- Jesus paid for our sins with His own life.
- Jesus gave us permanent access to God the Father.
- Jesus gave us good forever.