Keys to a Blessed Life | 1 Peter 3:8-12

1 Peter 3:8-12 | Keys to a Blessed Life

Everyone aspires to have blessings in life or to be blessed in whatever they venture. I have seen people going the extra mile to have the blessings that they desire. But what is truly a blessed life? How can we live the blessed life?

Well, Peter in his writings gives us practical teaching as to how one can have the blessed life.

1 Peter 3:8-12

8Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Here we can find simple steps for a blessed life.

1. A blessed life starts with you knowing your creator.

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you…

Finally all of you. Who are these people? Peter has already addressed the identity of these people. They are the people who know the true God who came in flesh, the Lord Jesus Christ. And they are the ones who are saved by the good news of the gospel, God’s elect. They are the believers of Jesus who are good and law-abiding citizens, hardworking slaves, masters, husbands and wives.

How does one become a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ?

5 ways to move toward obedience to God.

a. Repent.

1 Peter 3:10-11 10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. Turn away from evil and do good.

b. Resort | Come to Jesus

1 Peter 2:4-5 4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual houseto be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

As we come to Jesus we are built into a spiritual house. Then what happens?

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

We are healed of our pride, ego and hardheartedness.

c. Relish

1 Peter 2:2-3 2Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Hence, you are tasting and relishing the word of God in the inside.

d. Request

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

e. Resolve | Decide firmly to change

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

2. A blessed life happens when we are transformed in our inner man.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. These are all inward attitudes of a person.

5 inward attitudes of our personality presented here. We are asked to feel this way. Our personality need to be transformed from the inside. We are not born like this but we are called to obey this. We need to take a conscious step toward transforming ourselves inwardly. This can happen only when we are a child of God and we need the Holy Spirit’s help to love those who hurt us, being compassionate even to those who don’t deserve compassion, to sympathize with the hurting, and most of all humility.

3. A blessed life imitates Christ in daily living

See the change that happens in us when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life, there is an inward transformation within us that can be expressed in action in our everyday life and activities by imitating Christ.

I want to point out some outward changes that a believer experiences as he is transformed in his inner man.

1 Peter 3:9-12

9Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

So we are called to bless those who do evil to us is because we have an inward action from v8 and then the purpose for this is that we are called to do so. We are called by God to do good. If you do that you will obtain a blessing from God.

So we are to bless those who curse us. If inward change can happen, blessing others can happen in the outside. We do this for God called us for this. The motive is that in order that we may gain the promised blessing. So because I am promised a blessing in the kingdom if I be like this, and God has called me to be a blessing, I will purpose the inward changes through Christ that will enable me to bless my enemies.

See the example of Jesus:

1 Peter 2:20-21

20But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

4. A life lived in love is blessed by God.

1 Peter 3:10-11

10For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” This is from Psalm 34:12-14

Finally, a life lived in love has God’s blessings, a life lived in deceit is opposed by God. If you want life to be enjoyable, keep your tongue from evil. What is the evil, using your tongue to deceive people. Therefore, we turn away from such evil but we do good. We pursue peace and truth and goodness. Then the eyes of the Lord will be upon us.

In conclusion, you cannot truly have a blessed life without having a relationship with our creator God, the Lord Jesus Christ. This relationship with God transforms our inner man which in turn transforms our conduct. They eyes of the Lord are upon such people and God will surely bless them. Therefore, the true blessing is the inheritance we will receive at the coming of our Lord.

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