Reading: 1 Peter 3
Summary: Following the instructions to servants and their responsibility to masters (2:18-25), Peter moves on to address husbands and wives and their responsibilities in the marriage relationship.
Peter finally speaks directly to the issue of persecution. Christians must remember that suffering was very much a part of Jesus’ own life and mission. As His followers, should we expect any different?
Life Loved and Good Days
Who could ask for anything more? Really? To be able to say that one loves the life they live and that their days are good, would be the dream of so many people. It would be so much better than the frustration and aggravation they feel presently dominates their lives. And let’s face it, we’ve all had too many of the days that are anything but good.
Ok, so how does one get there? How do we achieve what everyone wants? That answer is likely as surprising as it is old. Peter quotes from Psalms 34 for the answer. The one who “desires to love life and see good days” should do some specific things. These include:
- watch what you say—“keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit”
- be careful to do good—“let him turn away from evil and do good”
- make peace a priority—“let him seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:10-11).
Had you been asked about the course of action for loving life would any of these be on your list? Is it not telling that what would lead to what we want, is so neglected or at least minimized?
Think about how these three impact the relationships of our lives. Is not our joy and pleasure in life directly related to the condition of our relationships? Our focus becomes more of providing an atmosphere where we can enjoy the love, companionship, and interaction with friends, family, and loved ones instead of getting what we want.
Whoever desires to love life and see good days; that’s me!