Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous: – 1 Peter 3:8
Directions for daily Christian living could not be spelled out more clearly than here in our verse. Think about this for a moment; Can you see what a marvel it would be to find a community of believers living out their days this way. Let us examine this verse more carefully and learn the importance of its daily application.
This is one of those words that we might pass over in our reading very quickly, however as not to miss the point, finally, is to say that all Christian Doctrine is intended to lead up to and inaugurate that life of love as outlined for us. Finally is not just to say this is the last thing Peter has to tell us but, to say this is what we have learned, looks like and of course acts like.
All of you be of One Mind:
I really like how F.B. Meyer illuminates this point…”The oneness of mind does not demand the monotony of similarity, but unity in variety. We shall never be of one mind in the sense of all holding the same opinions; but we may be all of one mind when, beneath the diversities of opinion, expression, and view, we are animated by a common devotion to Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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Certainly, as we know from 1st Corinthians 13 that love is patient and love is kind and love does not have to prove the point or perspective instead find the common area of Jesus. In doing so this will allow the world to see our love for one another as we come together versus our divisions.
Love as Brothers:
You’ve heard the line “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family.” Here we find Christian doctrine leads to love, loving your family. The Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Love does not always originate in emotions, but in the will; love does not consist of feelings, but in doing, in action and in unselfish deeds.
Jesus told us and demonstrated for us how to love God will our all and to love our neighbors as our selves. This love should absolutely show up in loving our fellow believers in Jesus.
How the hard-hearted show up in our world, in our communities and workplaces should never be demonstrated by any follower of Jesus Christ. How Jesus helped the hurting, bringing healing to the afflicted and love and kindness to the unloved and seemingly forgotten.
The tenderhearted bring patience, kindness, and compassion in everyday life situations demonstrating the presence of Christ and the abiding power of Christ like nothing else.
As I write this devotional my mind races to how little common courtesy we see in our daily lives. How we ought to be the one allowing another to sit while we stand. To open the door for another to allow another into the lane on the busy highway before you. Courteous can show up in so many ways and may I say when it does it is so refreshing.
Manners and etique are not out of style, in fact, they are clearly taught as the evidence of the Christian Doctrine we learn and say we believe and follow. I will close with the assistance of F. B. Meyer one more time…”Let the manners of your Heavenly Fathers Court be always evident in your daily life, so that the world may learn that Christianity produces not simply the heroism of a great occasion, but the minute courtesies of Christian Daily Living.”
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