THEME: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
1 Peter 3:8-12 NKJV
“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
-Peter gives his final exhortation to the church on effective communication. He reiterates that godly communication requires the transmitters and receivers of the message be of one mind, the mind of Christ. He also reveals the traits that each party should possess for communication to be effective. That is love, compassion, tenderheartedness, courtesy, and forgiveness. Most often the spirit of vengeance repeals the grace and mercy of God. Colossians 3:12-13 exposes similar views saying, “therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Christ calls us to forgive each other so that He may forgive us too. Vengeance belongs to God and He is the one to repay, therefore we should not return evil for evil but evil for good. Vengeance begins from a desire and longing in the heart. It is then made manifest through the words that one speaks and their actions. The Lord calls us ensure the words of our mouth and meditation of our hearts be acceptable in His sight, our Strength and Redeemer (Psalms 19:14), so that we may live in peace with each and communicate in the manner deserving to God who is always watching us.
What a joy to be in Your presence Lord. We come to Your presence with thanksgiving in our hearts and shouts of joy. You are our God and there is none good besides You. We ask that we may dwell in Your house; Lord all the days of our lives. To behold Your beauty and meditate in Your temple. You make known to us the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy, in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. May You heal all those who are sick among us and restore the broken hearted dear Jesus. May You heal all our wounds our settle our hearts in the joy of Your salvation. May You deliver all those who face court cases and have mercy on them loving Savior. You are our Righteous Judge and Holy God, may You show us You path of life. May You bless all the children living in the streets and deliver them from all their troubles dear Jesus. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding, dwell in our hearts and minds in You Christ Jesus. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Joshua 1:8, Philippians 4:8