Be humble and united in spirit (1 Peter 3:8)

Last Friday, “The Well” SG gathered for Zoom fellow-ship and a time of Bible study. We continued on a BSF Wordgo online material and spent the evening on 1 Peter 3. A verse that caught my attention was 1 Peter 3:8- “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind”.

Prior to this chapter,  time was spent dwelling on the subjects of suffering,  persecution, difficulties surrounding the lives of the early church and addressing specifically to few categories of people like servants, slaves, husbands and wives.  And now in 1 Peter 3:8, Peter encouraged ALL the readers in this summary sentence. Essentially,  these instructions remind us how we can and should relate to one another, in the ways that God has instructed us in the Scripture. But as we look closer into each requirement, we may realise that they are goals too infrequently attained in the Christian churches. But our encouragement comes from the Holy Spirit that is within us, to do the will of God and Peter said that it is better to suffer for doing good.

Recently a friend  shared about the topic of “Choosing to Speak Life”. Basically, it reminds us that the right use and choice of words can be used constructively to build up person to person. And when I read 1 Peter 3:8, I joined these dots and found some applications for myself.

The words and tone of speech in our homes have a “profound impact” on relationships between husbands and wives, between parents and children. When was the last time you said the word “sorry” to your spouse or child?

 As parents, we need to “speak life” into our children from the day they are born. As spouses, let’s build our marriages and our homes with mutual words of encouragement so that we may experience a tender heart, a humble spirit amongst all within the same roof.

Not only do we see politics of life in our offices and Christian organisations but even our churches are not spared as well. Peter cautioned the readers that “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”.

Let’s be reminded of the need to have the unity of mind. Not repaying evil for evil but on the contrary, bless others, for to this we were called, that we may obtain a blessing.

So, let’s Speak Life into one another and let wholesome  words be of mutual encouragement and edification to all within the family of God. And  like the words of Peter, have unity of mind !!. There  is a good article titled “What does it mean to speak life?” in Do take a read and be blessed by the dos of speaking life into one another.

Andrew Lim

Ref: – Speaking Life Day 3 reading (sharing by a friend from TWNAF)  
        – (What does it mean to speak life?)