So it would appear there’s a chiasmus in 1 Pet 3.8, with similar ideas mirrored in the five elements:
Finally, all of you, have
A. unity of mind,
X. brotherly love,
B’. a tender heart, and
A’. a humble mind.
The ESV quote above appears to reflect in the translation of the terms in A/A’ the –phron ending of the Greek words.
“We are just as obligated to make our lives attractive and beautiful to others as we are to make them pure.” —Guy N. Woods, on 1 Pet 9.12.
Today’s devotional focuses on 1 Peter and especial 1 Pet 3.15.
Fear of men. Sometimes men appear to have more power to injure us than God has power to rescue us. The real danger is not what man can do to our bodies. It is what the Lord can do to our souls, Matthew 10:28. God is the ultimate security, John 14:1. We must not let the fear of men become a substitute for trust in the Lord, Psalms 34:9.
Focus question: When do you find yourself in fear of men? How can you cultivate the fear of God in your life?