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Traveler week 3 1 Peter series May 29th 2016
“…People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever…” 1 Peter 1:24-25 NLT
BELIEF: An acceptance of truth.
CONVICTION: (goes a step beyond that…) A demonstration!
“Belief is something you will argue about.
A conviction is something you will die for!”
Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you.
But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:4-5 NLT
Tolerance: To recognize and respect others’ beliefs, practices, etc….without sharing them.
“Every individual’s beliefs, values, lifestyle, and perception of truth claims are equal” The New Tolerance
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NLT
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:8-9
For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 1 Peter 2:15
When people begin to witness our compassion, they will begin to care about our convictions.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever decided anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 1 Peter 2:21-23 NLT
The Message paraphrases it this way….
They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right.