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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #15
Posted: December 14, 2006

I PETER 3:8-22 (part 2)

In our study of I Peter last week we started a study of a rather lengthy passage in Chapter 3, verses 8-22.  In this section we are confronted with suffering’s affect upon a proper behavior and our relationship to various situations we find in the Christian life.

This week we desire to look at verses 9-13 of Chapter 3 which says, “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?”

It is here that we see a proper behavior in relationship to two different areas.

We look first at verses 9-11 and a proper behavior ‘In Our Relationship To Service’.  My how suffering can give us a proper perspective in our service.  Peter admonishes us not to ‘render evil for evil’ and ‘railing for railing’.  The word ‘evil’ means worthless or depraved behavior that has injurious or harmful affects.  The word ‘railing’ means to slander or to bring reproach upon another.  Let us remember the little phrase we have heard all our lives. ‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all’ or ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.

Peter tells us instead of these responses let us ‘bless’ instead because it was blessing we have been called unto.  The word ‘blessing’ means to eulogize or speak well of.  We are told in verse 10 that if we want to live a long life we should control our tongue.  The tongue tells the condition of the inside.  The Bible says ‘from the mouth the heart speaks’.  Peter tells us to ‘refrain’ our tongue.  The word ‘refrain’ means to stop, to quit, to desert, to bring to a consecrated end or to leave off.

Peter tells us in our service to others to ‘eschew evil’, ‘do good’, and to ‘seek peace’.  Job was known for eschewing evil.  The word means to violently avoid.  In its place, ‘do good’.  This means beautiful, valuable, and virtuous behavior.  We are admonished to pursue peace, which is oneness with the Lord.

In verses 12-13 we are confronted with a proper behavior ‘In Our Relationship To The Sovereign’.  Peter reminds us that the ‘eyes of the Lord’ are looking upon all we do.  This should bring us peace as well as fear in all our service.  We are told that His ears are ever open to our prayers.  What a consolation of peace in our suffering that will affect our service.  We are told that His face is against the evil, but for the righteous.  Let us be followers of ‘good’. (To burn with zeal for.)  We can rest in the fact that nothing can come near to harm us beyond the ordaining work of the Sovereign God we serve.  No wonder Job could reach out to serve others when all around his soul was giving way.