Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Peter 3:8-12 "Loving Life"

Summary: Do you know how to enjoy life? Not the way most people think, in a self-centered fashion, but by putting God and others first? In the context of marriage, that is what we will discuss here as we examine the attitudes, actions and some Old Testament comments on what it means “to love life and see good days.”



1. A. Point out each of the five attitudes found in 1 Peter 3:8 and how you think they should be defined. Isaiah 57:15, John 11:35, Romans 12:10, Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:32



B. What frame of mind, or quality of heart, is assumed by Peter even before his “sum up?” Discuss how such disciplines are related to the five attitudes we found in 3:8. 1 Peter 2:21-3:7



C. We all know, all too well, that we don’t just drift in this direction. What must we pray for God to do within our own hearts, in order to glorify Him in these ways? Romans 12:1-3, 12:15-16, Philippians 2:1-5, James 1:27, 1 Peter 5:5



2. A. What are we not to do, according to 1 Peter 3:9?



B. What do you think getting even has in common with unforgiveness and bitterness? Will it be like us to be that way, if we are walking in step with the Scriptures we discussed above? Luke 23:33-34, Ephesians 5:1



C. So, how enjoyable is that bitterness to you anyway? That’s really living isn’t it? More seriously, discuss some of the practical ways we might bless others in return for their dirt. Matthew 5:38-47



3. A. What does 1 Peter 3:10 say, (quoting from Psalm 34), that we are to do if we are going “to love life and see good days?”



B. In what fashion does what you say have a bearing on your quality of life? Proverbs 10:19, 13:3, 18:21, 21:23, James 3:1-13



C. What is the best way to deal with your own speech problems? Psalm 51:10, Proverbs 4:23, James 1:19-22



4. A. If you want the favor of the Lord on your side and His attention to your prayers, what must you do? Why? 1 Peter 3:11-12



B. Take another look at 3:11. What kind of initiative and diligence is assumed here? Job 1:1, 28:28, Proverbs 3:5-7, Romans 12:18-21



C. We might say then, to humble yourself and to choose the fear of the Lord is really living! Answered prayer alone is incredible, is it not? Isaiah 33:6

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