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HOW TO ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF GOD
1 Peter 3:10-12
April 28, 2002
III. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS. V.10-12
Peter employed a scriptural confirmation of his
exhortation in v.9 by quoting from Ps. 34:12-16. The
believer has been granted the legacy to enjoy his
John 10:10, "The thief does not come except to steal,
and to kill, and to destroy..."
In 1 Peter 3:9-12, Peter gave straightforward advice
on how to experience that rich joy and fullness of
life, even in the midst of a hostile environment. The
requirements of the fulfilled life include a humble,
loving attitude towards everyone (8), a non-vindictive
response towards revilers (9), pure and honest speech
(10), a hatred for sin and pursuit of peace (11) and a
right motive, i.e., to work the righteousness that
pleases the omniscient Lord (12).
Note that Peter was not suggesting some kind of
unrealistic psychological gymnastics that refused to
face facts. Rather, he was urging his readers to take
a positive approach to life and by faith make the most
of every situation.
A. ATTITUDE. 10a
"He who would love life and see good days" -
to "love life" is an act of the will; A.T. Robertson
"wishing to love life" referring to this present life.
To deliberately decide. It is an attitude of faith
that sees the best in every situation.
Opposite of Ecclesiastes 2:17
Ecclesiastes 2:17, "Therefore I hated life because the
work that was done under the sun was distressing to
me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind."
In this text there is a prescription for loving life.
It is for those who don't want to just be saved, who
do not want to vegetate as believers, who do not want
to just exist, but wish to maximize life.
To "love life" is to be well satisfied with life.
To "see good days" - days filled with blessing.
Verses 10-12 tell us to be careful of what we SAY,
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