The annoyingly obnoxious yet funny show Nailed It! takes a below-average baker and challenges them to re-create a complex bakery masterpiece. To the home viewer, the three “bakers” (I use that term LOOSELY) seem to be complete dopes, and the viewer just knows he/she could do it better and claim the $10,000 prize. Interestingly, in 1 Peter we have the masterpiece recipe for H.O.N.O.R.ing any relationship humanly experienced. God wants to take the below-average relationship and create his masterpiece of beautiful relationships between his people. Peter has laid out the step-by-step directions for fulfilling godly, rich, and satisfying relationships. Today, we look at relationships between Christ followers.
1 Peter 3:8-12
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.”
Peter’s audience consists of believers, all of whom need guidance for relating to other believers. The above verses are instructions for a new way of treating one another – completely unheard of until Jesus physically entered the world, lived by example, and taught the crowds this new way: turn the other cheek, love your enemy, do good to those who do evil, etc.
Based on the acronym H.O.N.O.R., honoring another believer by being like-minded means Humbling myself. That does not mean blindly agreeing just to get along. Not at all! It means humbling myself to another and giving their ideas/needs precedence over my own. Open-hearted is to love as a brother, love as a sister. Be willing to love someone who is not like you simply because that person is a child of God, just as you are. Non-combative means we do not have to be right or take revenge or gossip about what another has done to us. We are called to return good for evil. If a brother or sister in Christ has wronged us, and you repay with love, you will “heap burning coals on his head.” (Proverbs 25:21-22). Open-handed means to be generous. The first century church shared everything so that no one would go hungry or thirsty or be homeless. We can share open-handedly, too, as we have opportunities to give of our time, talents, and treasure at church. Be Receptive to opportunities to trust God. The Lord wants to bless us through these steps.
This kind of behavior creates relationships that honor God, masterpieces that reveal the very love of God to a world that needs him desperately. Then, God will say to you and to me, “Nailed it!”
Which of the steps is hardest for you? Which of these steps have you “nailed”?
Practice ONE step each day for a week on one believer in your life with whom you’d like to improve your relationship. Choose the most difficult step for you from the H.O.N.O.R. acronym. Journal how that changed your relationship with the believer you chose.
Today, we complete 1 Peter by going through 1 Peter 5. Feel free to simply read through the chapter. Or, you can listen to it through the StreetLights Bible. Download the app or visit streetlightsbible.com.
Jesus, you came, you taught, and you lived the example of a holy life with humans who were imperfect. Help me to read your word and study your word so that I can know how it is done. Peter gave me some practical ways to live a life pleasing to you. I humbly submit my will and tendencies to your perfect will so my relationships will honor you and bring glory to the Father. In your name I pray, amen.
This post was written by Julie Roehl. Julie loves God’s Word and CedarCreek and is so very grateful for the love and grace of Jesus. She enjoys grammar, traveling, and tennis. She is married to John, and they are blessed with 7 children.
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