1 Peter 3:8–12 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.  For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (ESV)
I wish I had answers that could solve all the turmoil I see around the country right now. The kind of answers that would quickly end the suffering, stamp down the pride, and see people of all walks of life prosper and thrive.
But if we want to see change happen in society, it must first happen within the Household of God.
Peter wrote back in the 1st Century a message that is still needed today because the counsel is God’s timeless Word. While I can’t come up with quick answers to change people’s hearts, God can. Today through Friday let’s turn to 1 Peter 3:8-12, seeking God’s plan for how we should respond at all times to our fellow believers in the church and towards those outside the church. Join me in prayer today for unity of mind (3:8).
Most Holy Father,
We turn to You because You are the Truth. You have established Your Word and it stands firm. No matter the course of human history, no matter how buffeted we are on this earth, no matter how shifting the tides of culture may be, You change not. We read in the Bible that Your steadfast love never ceases, therefore we are not consumed. How great is Your faithfulness!
Yet, Father, we are confronted by images on our screens, devices and newsfeeds of the turmoil in our country. How far we have fallen from the unified goal of being Your image-bearers. Instead we have succumbed to the darker strains of our fallen natures, preferring one over another, giving priority to some and not others, placing distinctions on the human race and, even worse, within the church. Forgive us, Father.
Lord Jesus, You always walked through life looking for who You could encourage, who You could listen to whether that be children, women, or the worst sinners you could find. You did all so You could rescue those trapped and fallen far from God’s glory. You took on full humanity so You could identify with us all. You did this so You could truly be our substitute to endure the wrath of God. We confess again our trust in You. Of all potential saviors in this world, You alone are exalted as worthy and able to save. We need You, Jesus.
Holy Spirit, help us to have unity of mind. Help us to remember who we are as the image-bearers of God and as the redeemed family of Jesus. Help us to prioritize the unity that we have in Christ and apply it in our discussions with one another. Help us to respond to those who differ with the love and patience of Christ. Please do this to glorify our Father God and to produce good in our lives. May You be pleased to do this work in us. And may You be pleased to transform us so that our unity would shine out brightly to a dark world, showing them the glory and majesty of King Jesus.
In His name we pray, amen.