“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”
1 Peter 3.8 ESV
The first step to avoid returning evil with evil is to develop a loving relationship in the family of faith. Peter cites five qualities in chiastic form, with brotherly love as the central element.
Am I motivated by the best intentions? Do I speak loving words? Do kindness and tenderness mark my interactions? Is my goal to understand and appreciate my brother?
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“So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness.”
1 Peter 2.1-3
Growth is in the direction of salvation. Without growth, no one can be saved. There are no spiritual infants in heaven. The way to growth is through the word of God.
If you are not growing spiritually, only one solution is possible: repentance. How to yearn for God’s word? Start reading it!
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I’ve been without Internet at the office all morning, finally called the company, and, though the promised tech guy has yet to appear, perhaps he fiddled in the field to get service restored.
I loved Phil’s comparison of the gospels to his four daughters. It’s certainly a hard choice to make, if indeed we ought to show a preference to a book of the Bible, but today’s Daily Nudge asks (OK, so I’m behind the nudging), so here goes.
While the gospels do hold a special place, since they reveal so many details of our Lord’s life, I’m going to go with 1 Peter. Unlike Paul, Peter — not unlike Mark, who supposedly represents his perspective — in his first epistle is compact, but chocked full of detail. His letter is dense, like the short, trimmed lawn grass with a thick carpet of green blades. I like that, suppose it fits my style or something, or his emphases touch on my needs.
I reserve the right to swap out later, but for now, 1 Peter is my choice.