1 Peter 3:8

Friday, 15 November 2019

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 1 Peter 3:8

Peter’s words, until verse 2:18, were to all who would receive his letter. In verse 2:18, he then wrote to “servants.” He then addressed “wives” in verse 3:1, and then he addressed “husbands” in verse 3:7. Now, he says, “Finally, all of you be of one mind.”

The word “Finally” doesn’t mean he is ending the thoughts of the epistle, but rather he is taking the three categories he just referred to, each directed to a particular emulation of Christ, or for specific Christian conduct, and he is reuniting them as one with these words. These words are particularly for all who are living as sojourners and pilgrims.

Servants, wives, and husbands alike are to be “of one mind.” The word is found only here in the New Testament. It literally says, “like-minded.” It is to share the same perspective which is to emulate the mind of God in Christ, and then acting on that. Peter then defines that with “having compassion for one another.”

Again, Peter uses a word unique in Scripture, sumpathés. One can see the modern word “sympathy” coming forth from this word. It conveys the idea of an “interchange of fellow-feeling in joy or sorrow” (Vincent’s Word Studies).

Peter next says to “love as brothers.” Again, it is a word unique in Scripture, philadelphos. It is an adjective, not a noun, which signifies a state of loving as family members. After this, he then says for each to “be tenderhearted.”

This is a word used only once by Paul, and then one more time here by Peter, eusplagchnos. It speaks of “the visceral organs (‘bowels’) as they exercise positive gut-level sympathy (empathy, compassion) – i.e. ‘living with guts’” (HELPS Word Studies). The word “tenderhearted” gets the point across well.

And, finally, for this verse, Peter admonished his reader to “be courteous.” The word gives the sense of humility, lowliness of mind, or modesty.

Life application: Peter admonishes us with words like, “be of one mind.” Doesn’t that seem to be a huge barrel to fill! He is talking in the general sense. Of course, we all have different hopes, likes, aspirations, etc. What he means is that, in the Christian context, we should all have the same attitude towards our faith or fellowship, and our love for each other. We need to have compassion one to another.

When a brother or sister is experiencing sickness, sadness, or loss, we should show empathy and give comfort. We should love one another without hypocrisy. A notable tenet among Christians is that we don’t necessarily need to like each other, but we do need to love each other. Even though we may not want to be around a particular person because our lives don’t sync well with them, when we are around them we need to give them the same dose of love that we would give our best friends.

Further, from Peter’s words of this verse, we realize that too often we allow our morning mood to carry on throughout the day. Instead, we should endeavor to be warm and affectionate in our dealings with one another. We should also add in a spoonful of respect and submission. These qualities don’t always come easily, but they are given for our benefit. As we endeavor to live them out, we will mature as people and as Christians.

Heavenly Father, we admit that we have not always been the epitome of Christian character. We haven’t been of one mind with our brothers, we have failed to be compassionate, loving, tenderhearted, and courteous. And yet, this is what You expect. Be with us and guide us to be a reflection of You, the fulfillment of all these qualities. To Your glory we pray. Amen.

9 thoughts on “1 Peter 3:8

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 7:01 am

    “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psa. 5:3) 1) morning – rise and praise; 2) daily – walk and talk; 3) evening – lay and pray; and 4) always – read the word and apply what you have heard. ~Charlie

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 7:13 am

    thank you LORD help to to be more loving . love and prayers

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 7:59 am

    This verse reminds me of an old hymn we used to sing in the 1960s. Today that hymn means so much more now that I have understood what Peter was saying to us.
    I would like to share 2 verses and the refrain with you.
    1. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
    Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
    Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
    Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find.
    2. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
    Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
    Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
    Willing to suffer, others to save.

    Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
    Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
    Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
    Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Morning all. Met a lovely couple at Mercy Me concert last night, Cody and Kim. They may be checking out Superior Word, so I hope you will get to say hi. We really worshipp together in song.

    • Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      The things we talk about at the Mercy Me concert! God bless you.

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Amen , bless you all!

  • Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Hello, John. Last night was a very uplifting worship event. Thanks for sharing this with us. I’ll try to keep up with the daily lessons, while tending our 4 legged flock.

    • Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Cody, that really made my day, thanks for jumping on board here. BTW I got you and Kim on the finale on the video that I took. I’m glad for that since now I can easily recall what you both looked like. God Bless.


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