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The apostle Peter is eager to help Christians thrive in their relationships with each other (1 Peter 3:8-12). After considering some very important relationships in 1 Peter 2:11 to 3:7 (Christians and pagans, Christians and governments, slaves and masters, husbands and wives), Peter presents some practical instructions to help believers live in harmony with each other in 1 Peter 3:8-12. In order to strengthen his case, he quotes several verses from Psalm 34. Consider reading the whole Psalm. It’s an acrostic psalm with 22 verses – one for each Hebrew letter.  

Weekly Reflection Based on 1 Peter 3:8-12:

  1. Verse 8 - As you consider your relationship with other Christians, how would you rate yourself (1=weak  10=strong) when you consider the virtues that are mentioned? Can you give examples?
    • We are like-minded/I am harmonious
    • I am sympathetic
    • We love each other/I am loving
    • I am compassionate
    • I am humble
  2. Verse 9 – In what situations have you repaid evil with evil?  Repaid evil with blessing?
  3. Verses 10,11 – Consider answering the question, “Do I love life?”  Why or why not? (see verse 10)
  4. Verse 12 – What benefits are there to being righteous? (compare 1 Peter 3:7)