Seeking Peace

True Grace (Part 6): Seeking PeaceText: 1 Peter 3:8-12, 4:7-11

In this lesson, we’re going to consider what it means to be righteous. The first passage we will consider the importance of seeking peace. We will see how this is the duty of all those who desire to be righteous.

Strive to Be at Peace with Others (3:8-12)

  • Peter quoted from Psalm 34:12-16 (“The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous“) – to be righteous is to be right according to God’s law; the righteous are those who seek peace with others
  • Be harmonious – “of one mind” (Strong’s); “one mind” (Philippians 1:27); “same mind” (Philippians 2:2)
  • Be sympathetic – having compassion; “rejoice” and “weep” with others (Romans 12:15)
  • Be brotherly – love the brethren; one of the essential qualities in which we are to grow (2 Peter 1:7)
  • Be kindhearted – compassionate, tenderhearted (cf. Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-15)
  • Be humble – thinking of others ahead of yourself (cf. Philippians 2:3)
  • Bless others instead of returning evil for evil – don’t try to “get even” with them; do good (Romans 12:17-19)
  • Keep our speech from evil and deceit – “Let your speech always be with grace” (Colossians 4:6; cf. Ephesians 4:29)
  • Seek peace and pursue it – for building up others (Romans 14:19); not to compromise the truth (James 3:17)

Be of Sound Judgment and Sober Spirit (4:7)

  • Sound judgment – thinking as we ought to think (cf. Romans 12:3); trusting in God rather than ourselves (Proverbs 3:5-7)
  • Sober spirit – “keep sober in spirit” (1 Peter 1:13); calm and collected; necessary because of the challenges we face (1 Peter 5:8)
  • For the purpose of prayer – it is possible for our prayers to be hindered (1 Peter 3:7); we pray to make requests (Philippians 4:6); we receive what is according to God’s will (1 John 5:14-15); therefore, we are to align our thinking with God’s so that prayer will be “effective” (James 5:16)

Be Fervent in Love toward Brethren (4:8-10)

  • Be fervent in love for one another – part of our “obedience to the truth” (1 Peter 1:22); “in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18); “love covers a multitude of sins” by turning people away from sin (James 5:20)
  • Be hospitable (Hebrews 13:1-2) – without complaint (Philippians 2:14; cf. 2 Corinthians 9:7)
  • Serve one another (Galatians 5:13) – “as good stewards,” recognizing how God has blessed us (1 Timothy 6:17-18)

Speak as the Oracles of God (4:11)

  • We are under a divine obligation to do this (2 Timothy 4:2-5; Galatians 1:6-9; Isaiah 8:20)
  • What it means to speak as the oracles of God – speak the very words of God; the only way to do this is to reason from the Scriptures (Acts 17:2-3); book, chapter, verse
  • This leads to peace – what we are to pursue (1 Peter 3:11); we speak the “gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15)
  • This is based in righteousness – remember, to be righteous is to be right by God’s standard; righteousness is revealed in God’s word (Romans 1:16-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Conclusion

  • The Lord wants us to behave righteously
  • How? – conform our thoughts and words to God’s will; seek peace with others; be fervent in love for them

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