1 Peter 3 Peter has been stressing how the church should behave. First, he addresses the family unit, wives then husbands. But to be sure that no one is left out of this, he concludes with these words: “Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing.” [1Peter3:8-9]

We are called to be a blessing to all men/women. Christ said to love one another  as He had loved them. Peter sums up how that should look. Each word in his mandate reflects the manner in which they were to behave in and out of church. As they live and move in the world, their lives should reflect the life of Christ. 

Where are we/I reflecting the life of Christ today? My mother had a hard life, and I can remember that one person she trusted did not keep a confidence. I am not sure what transpired but I do know this, as a Christian woman she lived both in church and out of church this life model. Even though her heart was hurt, she did not hold it against that person but she became discerning about what to share and what not to share but above all, she sought to live as Christ lived, not returning evil for evil. This is a challenge for me to do the same. 

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