Let Us Love Life and See Good Days (1 Peter 3:8-11)
1. In our lesson we are concentrating on an important objective that is mentioned in 1 Peter 3:10 -- "loving life and seeing good days." 2. We can achieve this objective by following the instructions given in vs.8-11.
I. (vs.8) LET US:
A. be "all of one mind" (Romans 12:16) B. have "compassion one of another" (Romans 12:15) C. "love as brethren" (Romans 12:10a) D. "be pitiful" (Ephesians 4:32) E. "be courteous" (Philippians 2:3-4).
II. (vs.9) LET US AVOID RENDERING "EVIL FOR EVIL, OR RAILING FOR RAILING"
A. We are to follow the Lord's example (1 Peter 2:21-23). B. Those who do so will "inherit a blessing."
III. (vs.10) LET US AVOID SINNING WITH OUR TONGUES
A. We are to refrain our tongues "from evil" (1 Peter 2:1). B. We are to refrain from speaking "guile" [deceit].
IV. (vs.11) LET US:
A. "eschew [turn away from] evil, and do good" (1 Thessalonians 5:22) B. "seek peace, and ensue it" (Romans 12:18).
1. Following these instructions will enable us to "love life, and see good days" -- this is a worthy objective for 2019. 2. Let us also remember the information given in 1 Peter 3:12. a. The Lord is present to help those who follow these instructions. b. His face is against those who do evil.