Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church
Cultivating Christlike Living
July 12, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
1 Peter 3:9,

Cultivating Christlike Living

July 12, 2020   /   1 Peter 3:9   /   Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church

Cultivating Christlike Living

Surviving Times of Suffering

1 Peter 3:8-12


In these verses, Peter is not concluding his letter but summing up the section that began in 2:11 to live as “aliens and strangers” in their conflict with fleshly desires (2:11-12), when they are treated unjustly by the government (2:11-17), unfairly by their masters (2:18-25), and in the challenges of married life (3:1-7).  When Peter sums up the virtues of the ideal “resident alien” living in the world, he’s asking them to do more than simply believe something is true – he wants to see it in their lives.   


A belief is something you’ll argue about, but a conviction is something you’ll .


1. A general attitude of   (v. 8)




A. Like-minded – cooperation in the .   


“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”


John 17:21


“May the mind of Christ my Savior / Live in me from day to day. / By his love and power controlling / All I do and say.” (Kate Wilkinson)


Psalm 119:9, 11


Philippians 2:2, 5

B. Be sympathetic –  to have your hurts


Romans 12:15


1 Corinthians 12:26

C. Love one another –


1 John 3:14


D. Compassion is


Ephesians 4:32


E. Humility – to have a of ourselves before God. 


2. By our (v. 9)


Matthew 5:44, 45


Matthew 5:11, 12


Romans 12:14, 17


1 Thessalonians 5:15


3. By our (vv. 10-12)


A. Because Scripture (v. 10)


Psalm 34


B. Because God (v. 12)


1 Peter 5:7


Romans 5:6-8


Daily Meditations


Memory verse: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9



Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. Peter lists 5 things that we need in order to relate rightly to one another.  List those five things and give a brief explanation of each one:












Which of these things is hardest for you to demonstrate to others and which is easiest?





Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. What incredible challenge did Peter give his readers in verses 8 and 9?





When are you tempted to return evil with evil and insult with insult? Why?






Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. Why did Peter instruct his readers to live at peace with everyone in verse 9?





Why do our words get us into so much trouble?





Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. According to verses 10 and 11, what must a person do who wants to love life?





What concrete actions can we use to promote harmony?






Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. Who does God listen to?  See verse 12.   






How could suffering for doing right be a blessing?






Read 1 Peter 3:8-12. What can you do over the next few days to promote harmony between you and the believers you know?


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