What Does 1 Peter 3:11 Mean?

Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.

1 Peter 3:11(NLT)

Verse Thoughts

Knowing the devastating results of following after the evils of this world, Peter is encouraging the believers in Christ to refrain from speaking falsities, but rather to seek and pursue after peace.

The Lord Jesus Himself told us that peacemakers are blessed by God and are called His children – but in a fallen world, peace is something that is only found in Christ - and we must seek after it and actively work to maintain it.

The world may desire peace and make proposals for peace - they plan for peace and even sign peace treaties - but only believers in Jesus will FIND true peace, for peace WITH God comes only to those who trust in Christ as Saviour and the peace OF God is given to those believers who maintain sweet fellowship with the Father.

Paul is the one that reminds us in Philippines chapter 4 HOW we are to seek and secure the peace of God. We are to rejoice in the Lord all the time and to let our gentle spirit be known to all men.

We are not to worry about anything -but instead, we are to pray about everything, to tell God what we need, and to thank Him for all He has done.

We are to live and walk and pray in spirit and truth and then the peace of God, which surpasses our human understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My Prayer

Loving Father, I pray that day by day I may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus for in searching for Him who is the Prince of Peace I know that Iwill find and keep His perfect peace in my heart – to Whom be glory and honour for ever and ever, AMEN.

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