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UNITY (1 Peter 3:8-12)

UNITY (1 Peter 3:8-12)


What does it look like? What does it feel like?

1 Peter 1:3 “born again to a living hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
A new people of God, a new covenant, a new temple, a new kingdom of priests
1 Peter 2:11-3:7 specific areas of instruction
1 Peter 3:8-12 summary thus far

3:8 “Finally, all of you, have:

Unity (harmony) of mind (Rom 12:4, Acts 4:32, John 17:21)
Sympathy (Luke 15:17-20)
Brotherly love (John 13:35)
A tender heart (Eph 4:32)
A humble mind” (Phil 2:5-11) supernatural (1:3)

These are:

evidence of a changed life (Rom 6:4)
commanded by God, and difficult!

Practical instructions (1 Peter 3:9-12, from Psalm 34)

Refuse to retaliate (3:9)
Repent – turn away from evil – STOP DOING IT (3:11)
Seek peace, and seek it hard (3:11)
Stop talking evil, and speaking deceit (3:10)
As you do, be assured of God’s help, presence & attention as you do so (3:12), and you will be blessed (3:9-10a)
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