1 Peter 3 Lesson

Do What Is Right Without Being Frightened

Do what is right without being frightened by any fear.1 Peter 3:6.

This will be our focus verse for today’s lesson.  

There are two parts to the above scripture:

  1. Doing what is right,
  2. Not being frightened.  

We will look at these one at a time.  

DOING WHAT IS RIGHT

The Bible teaches us that we are all created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).  

It also teaches us that God is love (1 John 4:16).

If we are created in God’s image, and God is love, if we follow God, love should be at the heart of who we are.   Love for God, and love for one another!   Paul lists the characteristics of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.  

Love:

  1. Is patient,
  2. Is kind,
  3. Does not envy,
  4. Does not boast,
  5. Is not proud,
  6. Does not dishonor others,
  7. Is not self-seeking,
  8. Is not easily angered,
  9. Keeps no records of wrongs,
  10. Does not delight in evil,
  11. Rejoices in the truth,
  12. Always protects,
  13. Always trusts,
  14. Always hopes,
  15. Always perseverance,
  16. Never fails.

As Christians, these are the character traits that God wants us to have, and we will, if we follow His teachings.   The Bible has much to say about righteousness.   Consider the following verses:

  • “So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin.” - James 4:17.
  • “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” - Romans 12:21.
  • “To do righteousness and justice is preferred by the Lord more than sacrifice.” - Proverbs 21:3.

LIVING WITHOUT FEAR

In sports, it is widely understood that a loose muscle performs better than a tight muscle.   Similarly, as Christians, we are more productive when we are at peace and not living our lives in fear.  

According to quora.com, the words “Do not be afraid” and “fear not” are mentioned 365 times in the Bible!  

Satan is constantly working to distract us and to introduce fear into our lives.   We need to constantly nourish ourselves with God’s words and trust in His plan.   The next time that we feel fear creeping in, we need to meditate on the following scriptures:

  • “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God.   I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10.
  • “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or in dread of them, for the Lord, your God is the One who is going with you.  He will not desert you or abandon you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6.
  • “Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not be terrified nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9.
  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?   The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom should I dread?” - Psalm 27:1.
  • “Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.” - John 14:27.
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4.
  • “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7.

CONCLUSION

Peter wrote:

  • “For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.” – 1 Peter 3:17.

The Bible teaches us that suffering is a part of life.   God permits us to suffer adversity for three reasons:

  1. To discipline us,
  2. To teach us,
  3. To shape us into the Christians that He created us to be.  

If we suffer while following God and Jesus, we will be rewarded for all of eternity

If we suffer while chasing selfish pleasures and sinning, we will be condemned.    

We all have a choice to make.   Choose wisely!  

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” - Mathew 5:10-12.

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jmack3388

We have a filter between our brain and our mouth. Sadly, we don't use it as much as we should. The filter should be us asking ourselves if what we are about to say is something we would be ok with God hearing, because He hears everything.

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