A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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Good morning! It’s February 23 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News which today is from I Peter 3:8-18a.
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For “Those who desire life
and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
and their lips from speaking deceit;
let them turn away from evil and do good;
let them seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.
Here ends the reading.
Today in this passage, a couple things I wanted to specifically note. First that I thought this footnote was interesting in my Bible. “The Roman Empire, the institution of slavery and the patriarchal family are accepted as the reality of the existing social order. They are given no Divine legitimization, however. But are human institutions that are soon to pass away”. I want to mention that specifically, because right now we have some realities as our social order right now. We have political upheaval in many places in the world, we have a lot of stress here in the U.S. in terms of societal unrest, polarization, and animosity between groups. Those are the existing social order. So those are the reality, not that those are given any Divine legitimization, either. That is the reality of the situation. But what we’re told, even in the midst of that reality, is how to live. It doesn’t say in here to be a doormat and tolerate things that are inappropriate. But what it says is: ‘live the way God wants you to live and focus on God. So that you don’t look back at your behavior and are embarrassed by it. That you’re not speaking evil or speaking deceitfully. That you are continuing to act honorably as God would have you act. That you are continuing to be faithful to God- even in the midst of those things- which may cause stress or turmoil or strife. If you’re to suffer, you’re to suffer for being good in your actions. So you’re to have unity of spirit, you are to have sympathy, love for another and actively seek peace. I recognize that these are things that all may seem really impossible right now in our world. We may feel like- ‘wow, we’re a long way from that’.
I thought another footnote in my Bible was helpful. I’ll see if I can find it. The point is not to be culture conforming in terms of being submissive to that. But being Faith Empowered in our mission and our mission is to Love. (Points). Just like my little sign says. To try and follow that continually and unwaveringly in the power of God. And again, we’re going to continue to look at Faith Empowered Mission, all Wednesdays during Lent. So tomorrow, we’ll do another 10:30 a.m. Daily Dose of Good News. We’ll be talking about Habitat for Humanity- Faith Empowered Mission. Actively seeking that, not passively going along with what the culture is, and not legitimizing the realities of the culture that are there. The point is there’s no divine legitimization. These human institutions are soon going to pass away. Maybe that’s helpful to remember even in our world right now- where it seems all pervasive that we have these institutions that have been around for so long, and so much that seems wrong with so many of them. But yet they will pass away. So we need to hold fast to treating one another in love- the way Christ treated us. So we uphold the values of God with one another. That’s the Good News for today- God’s love will defeat all. Even things that seem insurmountable. So hold to that truth today. Enjoy your day. Bye-bye.