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10/10/2017

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Called To Be A Blessing


"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing" (1 Pet.3:8-9).

As we saw last week, submission, within its proper bounds, is a prerequisite and necessary component for a Christian life. As we look at today's verses, a Christian life is to be one of harmony, sympathy, brotherly love, kindness and humility. Already Peter noted Jesus as one who was reviled, but did not return in kind. Submission offers an alternative way of life in a world of self-interest, violence and arrogant pride. To know Christ is to bless the world, but there is much more.... In 2 Cor.10:1, the apostle Paul defended his ministry as he said this; "by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you...." Whatever blessing the meekness and gentleness of Christ offers to humans, Christians inherit the blessing many times over. The Lord has a blessing for those who curb their anger, cultivate a gentle spirit and control their speech. To take in the spirit of Christ is to literally imbibe and inherit a wonderful inward peace plus a clear sense of who one is and what life is about... The Christlike life is more than a prelude to eternal blessing as much less, it is the price to be paid for eternal blessing. The Christian life is the blessing itself... Finally, the Christian life when properly led, yields the fruit of peace. Peace is more than the absence of strife, and is even more than peace within that comes from knowing that one has the presence and power of God at his or her side. Again, as we see in today's verses, there is a wonderful communal aspect to peace, as it includes being at peace with others. The Christian is blessed with peace because the the eyes of the Lord look favorably upon him....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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