Continuing our 1st Peter hybrid sermon series, Pastor Chris finished out the last 14 verses of chapter 3. Peter after walking through all of the submission to one another, submission to local authorities and submission to God, he breaks down how to love one another. But more than just passive love, but active love. He says in verses 8 thru 9. “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing.” This is so much easier said than done. But this is what true love looks like.
Truly loving those in our life, it begins to get people’s attention. It looks different from the rest of the world. And at the core of this is conviction. More than just a belief. Conviction is something that one would die over but belief is just something that you argue about. People do not care about what you care about, until they know how much you care. Our genuine love for people demonstrated in action has the potential to be the most powerful apologetic to the world today.
When people are witnessing our compassion they will begin to care about our convictions. We must be marked by a genuine love for people. Especially for people who do not love us. Compassion in unity, together as a larger whole, the witness grows exponentially. This will be the greatest witness that we can give and this is how the kingdom of God grows.
Questions to wrestle with:
- What does your response to suffering communicate to those around you?
– What can you do to more clearly demonstrate your hope in Christ in future situations?
– How can you repay evil with blessing?
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