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“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”  (1 Peter 3:8, NIV)

Whether in the natural human family into which we were born, or the spiritual family of God into which we both chose and were chosen; success depends on:

1. Having the same values and goals (like-minded)

2. Showing sympathy for each other

3. Displaying love for one another

4. Showing compassion

5. Displaying humility in all things

Beginning today,  in the daily installments of “Daily Encouragement,” we will address each in turn.  For today, please consider the whole of 1 Peter 3:8, which was written to disciples that were attempting to live holy lives under extremely challenging circumstances.

Peter’s letters remind us today that we are never alone in our trials; and that God always provides us with the grace, and the tools to stand with integrity and with courage.  – Luther

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“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  (2 Peter 1:2, NIV)

Peter begins his second letter to the exiled Christians with a message that serves both as a reminder and a blessing: The knowledge of the Father and the Son brings grace and peace in abundance.

It serves as a blessing, because everyone wants peace.

It serves as a reminder because in our materialistic society we may soon forget that money cannot purchase peace; in our celebrity-focused culture we may soon forget that fame cannot deliver peace; and in our competitive, “take no prisoners” approach to every challenge we may soon forget that God personally opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Indeed, knowledge of the Father and the Son assures grace in our time of need; and peace in every circumstance.  – Luther

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