1 Peter 3:8-16
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For “He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
”And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
It is good to fellowship with God's family, our family and friends but we must ALWAYS BE READY to give account for our hope in Jesus. We may suffer for righteousness' sake but remember You are Blessed. When the angel came to Mary his words were "Fear Not". When trials or tribulation come, suffering or discouragement, "Fear Not"! The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. Mary was looking at the angle of the Lord but you may be looking at someone who is saying or doing all kinds of evit towards you. Fear Not! Have compassion, be courteous, do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling. Refrain from evil and seek peace and pursue it.
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