This morning I read 1 Peter 3:12, "because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their request. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil."
I had just awakened from my sleep and this verse was the Verse of the Day in the Bible app. I was a bit puzzled because I knew this verse was in the book of Psalms and I couldn't remember Peter quoting it so I wondered to myself, "Peter?", "is this a technological error?", "let me check out this passage".
The experience caused me to read this passage in reverse I read verse 12, then verse 11, then verse 10, so on and so forth. The cool thing about peeling back the truth in this passage in reverse is that it allowed me to pick up something different.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, His ears are open to our request. If we want to enjoy this benefit we must turn from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.
We should continue pursuing like-mindedness, be sympathetic, love believers, be compassionate, be humble. We should not repay evil for evil or insult for insult but instead we should give a blessing.
"...You were called to this, so you can inherit a blessing" (V.9)
It dawned on me that we must be very careful with our speech (our actions are intertwined) because when we respond improperly we are changing our posture.
Consider the implications of verse 12, God's eyes and ears are set on the righteous, but the Lord is against those who do evil. If we respond to evil with evil or insult with insult, we have stepped out of our righteous posture. This is why Peter is quoting this Psalm in connection with the exhortation of verses 8 and 9, it gives us good reason to exercise self-control because a blessing from our Heavenly Father is tied to it.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit (v.10). Putting these things into practice leads to loving life and seeing good days. Render a blessing and not a curse and you will inherit a blessing (v.9).
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