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1 Peter 3:8-22 Devotional – Day 3

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word


James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile there is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
Read the Entire Psalm

Humanities Actions and God’s Actions. Look at these verses and notice all the ways that humanity responds to God. Humanity turns away, becomes corrupt, does vile deeds, etc. What else do you see that Humanity does? What does God do? While humanity turns away, God looks down. He is interested in His creation. His creation turns away, but He does not. Praise the God who looks down and who enters in, when humanity has turned away. Turn towards Him in gratitude.

SCRIPTURE READING:
1 Peter 3:8-22 – New Living Translation
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”

13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for those who do not know God. Ask God to help you see the lost people around you and have compassion for them. Ask God for opportunities to build trust. Ask God to give you opportunity to have gospel conversations.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Without close and connected family relationships, we are not going to be positioned to deal faithfully with a hostile world. By family I mean church family. Unfortunately, you can’t always choose to have good relationships with your biological family. Sometimes family members don’t know or follow Christ, and they won’t have the power or the desire to relate well to others. This should not be the case in your church family. Of course, church families are not perfect any more than biological families are, but the church is led by Christ. When our church family follows our leader, then we will become more like him, and this means we will be growing in love for one another. Often the problem is not that our church family is imperfect, the problem is that we don’t consistently stay connected to one another. Connection requires commitment. Commitment makes its way to our calendars. Connection, commitment, calendar means “show up”! Again, it is not perfect, and sometimes not pretty…in fact it is often messy, but the church is one of God’s main resources for being an empowered and faithful witness in the world. It can be hard, but it is not complicated. Show up!