TITLE: Preparing for the Best!
TEXT: 1 Peter 3:8-12
PROPOSITION: Life with God is good if we follow the instructions.
KEY WORD: Instructions
1. Buy and new VCR - hook it up - can't figure it out?
2. When all else fails - read the instructions!
3. We do the same with life - Want to enjoy life?
READ THE INSTURCTIONS!
4. Peter gives three instructions to help us enjoy life.
1. Love for God's family (8)
A. Be of one mind Phil. 2:1-11 (unity)
B. Compassion Rom. 12:15
C. Love as brothers – family
D. Tenderhearted – listen to announcements
E. Courteous – show respect to all in the family
2. Love our enemies (9)
A. Evil for good – Satan's way
B. Good for good; evil for evil – human way
C. Good for evil – God's way
3. Love life (10-12)
A. Deliberately decide to love life
Some endure life – and are miserable
Some escape life – through suicide, alcohol, or drugs
Some enjoy life – find pleasure in life itself
B. Control our tongues
C. Do good and hate evil
Eschew = avoid because you despise it
Avoid, shun sin because wrong? Yes
ALSO because we hate sin!
D. Seek and pursue peace
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers
What if we seek peace, others seek war?
God has open eyes, (12)
Words are quoted from Psalm 34:12-15
Not free of all problems - - -
Fears - 4 Troubles - 6, 17
Afflictions - 19 Broken heart - 18
Think you are having a really bad day? Read Ps. 34.
You are really having a good day to the glory of God.