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February 11, 2018        "Suffering"      Pastor Wood

 

Text: 1 Peter 3:14 (ESV) 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

  1. All of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
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  1. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
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  1. Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

Scripture for reflection:

  1. All of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind
    1. 1 Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) 10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
    2. Acts 4:32 (ESV) 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.
    3. 2 Peter 1:7 (ESV) and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
    4. 1 John 3:14 (ESV) 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
    5. Matthew 18:33 (ESV) 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’
    6.   Proverbs 29:23 (ESV) 23  One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
    7. Ephesians 4:2 (ESV) with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
  2. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
    1. Deuteronomy 32:35–36 (ESV) 35  Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.’  36  For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone and there is none remaining, bond or free.
    2. Proverbs 20:22 (ESV) 22  Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
    3. Matthew 5:39 (ESV) 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
    4. Matthew 5:44 (ESV) 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
    5. 1 Corinthians 4:12-13 (ESV) 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
    6. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (ESV) 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
  3. Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
    1. Romans 8:28 (ESV) 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
    2. Proverbs 15:9 (ESV) The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
    3. 1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
    4. Ephesians 5:1 (ESV) Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.