1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Every word of God is pure, but the Bible contains words of emphasis intending to draw the reader’s attention to a specific thought. 1 Peter 3:8-9 begins with the word finally, thus signifying that this is the final statement in a list of thoughts. The closing statements on a matter frequently contain crucial truths. Certainly, these two verses offer the believer vital bits of information. They reveal five responsibilities: Believers are to be of one mind. They also are to have compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful (that is, full of pity for others), and be courteous. Verse nine defines courteous as not mistreating others even if mistreated. Finally, believers are promised that obedience offers them a great blessing.
- (For children): Name some of your friends from church. Why do you like them? Is there anyone who doesn’t treat you right? How should you treat them?
- (For everyone): What would happen if all believers obeyed the commands given in the 1 Peter 3:8-9 passage? What would happen if you obeyed them? How would it benefit the saved and the lost alike?
- Why is this passage so very important for us living in a sinful world? Why should believers have the right relationship with one another? (Hint: Consider John 13:35.) How could this help eliminate many of the problems experienced by churches?
- Ask the Lord to help you obey the commands of 1 Peter 3:8-9.
- Ask God to work in your heart to love others like you should.