November 11/1Peter 3

Verses 1-2 > Instead of nagging or giving them books to read let them see purity in thought, word, and deed. Let them see how much you respect God. Let them see the fear of the Lord in you. Do it for the Lord Jesus who is your eternal bride groom! Let’s face it some guys are so dense they will never get it so we have to rely on the Lord to intervene!

Verses 3-6 > We all want our investments to last and to produce for us. Outside beauty doesn’t last and it may only bring value for awhile > you don’t see many old actresses getting the big bucks. Inner beauty lasts and doesn’t fade away with the passing of time. In fact it gets better with the passing of time as one stays in close communication and relationship with Jesus. Inner beauty is concerned for others while outer beauty is mainly concerned with self. Much money is spent on outer beauty. Inner beauty doesn’t cost any money. We spend much time in front of the mirror to achieve outer beauty. To achieve inner beauty much time must be spent in front of the mirror of God’s word. God’s word shows us what needs fixing on the inside.

Verse 7 > Did you know husbands that our believing wives are God’s daughters whom he has loaned to us for a short period of time. He expects us to take excellent care of them. How are you doing? What kind of report are they giving to Dad? When you are praying do you feel like you are getting a busy signal?

Ephesians 5:25–28 (NLT) — 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

Ephesians 5:33 (NLT) — 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Verses 8-12 > Peter never says to make our lives more ‘comfortable’ he says to make them more ‘characterful’. A good way to curb your tongue is to pray way more in the tongues you got when you were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit temper your tongue.

Verses 13-14 > There are those who will try to put you down and maybe even harm you for doing good. Do good anyway! They can’t harm the spirit within you. That is what Jesus did. God will reward you with eternal life; a life where you will never be harmed again!

Verses 15-17 > Our lifestyle is our worship to the Lord. The way we live gives value to His name. If Jesus suffered, and he did, what makes us as his followers think we will be able to escape suffering? Suffering keeps us from becoming to attached to this life. It helps us to eagerly look forward to the coming of Jesus which in turn causes us to live righteously.

1 John 3:2–3 (NLT) — 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
Verse 18 > The way we handle suffering may be the very thing that would draw someone to Jesus. Then in a sense your suffering would have brought some one safely home to God.
Verse 19 > The Lord Jesus probably told those evil spirits that his blood had now cancelled the record of wrongs against anyone who would believe in him for their salvation. So these evil spirits no longer had anything they could accuse the believers of! Our sins past present and future have been forgiven and washed away by the blood of Jesus. You can remind the enemy of that the next time he whispers his accusations in your ear.
Verse 20 > Our first priority is to our family. Make sure they hear the Word of God. Make sure they see the life of Jesus modeled for them by you. You have the most influence in your family. They are so to a speak a captive audience. As great a preacher and righteous person as Noah was only his family responded to his words. But they did respond. Pray that your family will respond to the invitation to receive the salvation that Jesus has offered them.
Verse 21 > What killed those outside of the ark saved those who were inside the ark. Jesus is our ark of safety. What is meant for an evil result God can turn into a good result.
Verse 22 > Jesus always has the last word. What he says goes.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verses 15 and 16 there is advice on giving your testamony. You want to present what Jesus did for you but you should do it respectfully. Others will see your attitude and it may win them over to Christ.