“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ ”
– 1 Peter 3:13,14
As we continue exploring Jesus’ teachings on treasure, He taught us there is both a heavenly and an earthly perspective. We can also apply this understanding to how we deal with people who are offensive. How should we respond when people are mean or cruel? The worldly way is to lash out, to tell it like it is at all costs. The heavenly way is with respect and gentleness. This response is often difficult for us to carry out.
In 1 Peter Chapter 3, it was a period of hardship for many Christians in the Roman world. Rome was under the rulership of Nero, who many blamed for the great fire that consumed many of Rome’s districts. Nero then turned this public blame against God’s people along with persecution to block the spread of Christianity. Maybe you’ve felt this way before, having someone of questionable character accuse, lie, or betray you! Peter said, “Who’s going to harm you?“ He tells them to keep doing what is good, and no one can harm them if they are eager in this way. And even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.
Friend, the word blessed is “makarios” in the Greek language. It also means happiness. if you do what is right in life, you’ll be a happy person. We don’t have to fear the enemy’s threats. Don’t be frightened, but in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to answer everyone who asks you to give the reason for your hope. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Father, help me to continually do good with gentleness and respect.
At times have you felt the enemy’s threats? How did you respond by sharing hope?
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