A little about Peter and his preaching. . . .

There are two passages in I Peter that I particularly love and I couldn’t decide on which to focus on today.  So, I went to the introduction of the books and it helped me decide.  The Message Bible introduces these books by talking about Peter’s personality and popularity.  Here’s an excerpt:

“The way Peter handled himself in that position of power is even more impressive than the power itself. . . Given his charismatic personality and well-deserved position at the head, he could have easily taken over, using the prominence of his association with Jesus to promote himself.  . . . .he didn’t do it [though].  . . . . .From what we know of the early stories of Peter, he had in him all the makings of a bully.  That he didn’t become a bully (and religious bullies are the worst kind) but rather the boldly confident and humply self-effacing servant of Jesus Christ that we discern in these letters, is a compelling witness to what he himself describes as “a brand new life, with everything to live for.”‘

Given that history lesson, feel Peter’s personality as you read this passage of scripture.  Know that he was vibrant and smart and a great leader of Christianity who was humble. . . . . .   Ask Christ to help you be strong, brave, and perserverent like Peter today.

I Peter 3: 8-12  Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.  That goes for all of you, no exceptions.  No retaliation.  No sharp-tongued sarcasm.  Instead, bless-that’s your job, to bless.  You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. 

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good,

here’s what to do: 

Say nothing evil or hurtful;

Snub evil and cultivate good;

 run after peace for all you’re worth. 

God looks on all this with approval,

 listening and responding well to what he’s asked;

 But he turns his back on those who do evil things.

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