Strangers in a Strange Land: Blessing Instead of Cursing
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                  Strangers in a Strange Land:
                 
“Blessing instead of Cursing”
                                 
1 Pet 3:8-12

            Four Keys to Blessing Others:

1.         The Right Mindset:             Phil 2:1-5

              Five Mindsets:

            1)      Like-mindedness: Unity

  • Jesus prayed for Unity: John 17:20-23

            2)       Sympathetic: Sharing the same feeling: Rom 12:15

            3)   Love one another: Brotherly love (family love)

  • We are children of our heavenly father; thus, we must love our brothers and sisters Heb 2:11
  • Love defines us:  John 13:34-35

           4)   Compassionate: tender heart. This word is about feelings.

  •  Jesus is Compassionate: Mt. 9:36; 
  • Jesus wept.  Jn 13:35

          5)      Humility: Humble-minded.

  •  Put the interests of others ahead of one’s own interests: Phil 2:3

 

2.         The Right Response

  •   When we come to Christ we receive the blessing of entering into the family of God; thus, we respond as family members:  Mt. 5:44-48
  •  Having received unmerited blessings from God; we should pay it forward: Rom 12:17

 

3.         The Right Standard

  •   He quotes Psalm 34:12-16
  • Be thankful: 1 Thes. 5:16-18
  • Paul practiced what he preached:  Acts 16:23-25
  • What comes from the mouth reflects what lives in the heart: Mt. 12:34

             This verse contains four straightforward imperative commands:

             1)       Turn away from Evil: even when persecuted: Mt. 5:44

             2)       Do Good 

             3)      Seek and Pursue Peace:  Mt. 5:9

 

4.         The Right Incentive

  • His eyes and ears are on us so that He can answer our prayers:  1 John 5:14-15
  • Peter does not finish Psalm 34:16
  • Judgment from the book of Revelation:  Rev 6:16

 

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