Our most persuasive argument

Re: Verse reading–1 Peter 2:11-25; 3:1-9 (day six)
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (v 2:12)  “Wives, be submissive to your husbands. . .so that. . .they may be won over by. . .the purity and reverence of your lives.” (v 3:1-2)  Like us, the  readers of Peter’s letter lived in a day of secular hostility.  Like Jesus, they were often falsely accused of doing wrong.  See 2:22-23. Most Romans distrusted Christians.  Many hated them.  Peter’s solution?  Loud arguments re. truth and morality?  NO!  Good deeds.  Submission.  Humility.  Pure and reverent lives.  These, argued Peter (who himself had been tempted to “fight”), are our most persuasive argument for Christ.  “The gospel came to you with power, just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you.”  (1 Thessalonians 1:5)  How we live has everything to do with how we are heard.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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