1 Peter 3:8-9 NIV 2011
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic; love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessings, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
After instructing wives and husbands on their relationships, Peter encouraged all his readers to live lives of virtue by relating to those around them. Like Paul, Peter urged them to be like-minded living in harmony with each other even those at any station of life. Romans 12:16, “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of low positions.” Jesus commanded His followers to love one another in John 15:12. By loving each other blessings rather than retribution would abound. Leaning into the Lord and loving others brings blessings.
The letters of Peter have been some of my favorites for many years. He ended his first letter encouraging the readers stating in 5:12b, “That this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” When things in my world don’t seem to fit, I camp here leaning into the Lord knowing He is always with me. God’s grace is foreign to most of us because we think we have to do something to earn it. He asks us to love one another and be kind. We’re blessed when leaning on Him.
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Leaning on Him daily,