5th November 2011

Brotherly Love 12-That You May Inherit A Blessing

The last in a series

“…love as brothers…”
1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

Obedience to God is always rewarded with a blessing.  God delights when we live a life worthy of our calling, when we seek to walk as he would have us walk.  Brotherly love is no different.  When we love as brothers there is a blessing in it for us.

Notice the full quote of 1 Peter 3:8-9, “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”  This, of course, is not why we should love one another.  That is why we will consider this the last in this series of 12 studies on 1 Peter 3:8.

God is love!  All he does is motivated by who he is.  And God is his own greatest blessing.  He is love because that is the very best thing to be and when we pursue that way he wishes to bless us, to encourage us.

Let’s also understand that the absence of blessing is a curse.  Peter calls on a text from the Old Testament to support this position, “He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.  Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.  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.” (1 Peter 3:10-12)

To live in harmony with God is the greatest of all blessings:  To not be in harmony is therefore the greatest of all curses because it denies us the fullness of his blessing.

Never let anything get between you and the love of your fellow human beings, who are all made in the image of their Father in heaven.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for being who you are; full of love and a desire to bless.  Help me to reflect that same love and desire to bless as I make my way through this day.  Help me to be alert to the opportunities this day may bring to be a blessing to others.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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