To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. For,
The one who desires life, to love and see good days,Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
(1 Peter 3:8-17)These are words to live by, friends. Why would we consider them anything less? They are, after all, the very words of God.
Keep a clear conscience. Honor Christ in all things. Do not be dismayed by earthly troubles. If you are a Christian, your future hope far surpasses the tainted glories of this passing age.
Still, that does not mean that we should neglect the happenings of the world, which is why I'm happy to share with you your week in review (kind of):
- Hm. An interesting discovery.
- Some thoughts on the dangers of blogging.
- Be a funnel?
- I don't know how I missed this news last month, but I am very excited about this.
- This is nonsense.
- No one could sing "I am 16 Going on 17" quite like Liesl.
- Consider the sparrow.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
- It's not often that I agree with something posted at Christianity Today, but there is certainly some merit to the points made in this article.
- Some cogent thoughts from Michelle Lesley on women and study.
- An inside look at the Hutterites from one who used to be there.
- I probably would've reacted the same way.
- I really appreciate this older article from Mike Riccardi about preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
- Another interesting discovery.
- S. Lewis Johnson on the purposes of God in creation: