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?
I love 1 Peter, and I love 1.8, and I love what Kathryn H. said about it:
The scripture for today, January 8 (1/8), is 1st Peter 1:8 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him! And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him! And are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy!”
Ah, the memories Peter had of being with Jesus when they all were young. Now he was old and people were dying out who had seen Jesus in person.
After Jesus returned to heaven, it was the job of his Apostles to tell people about him and repeat his words. They spent the rest of their lives doing just that. What joy they found when people believed, even though they had not seen him. They not only believed, but they also loved him
Thank God, the Apostles wrote the New Testament so we would never have to guess what Jesus was like and never have to guess what his words were, even after the Apostles died. In fact, we have the advantage because we do not have to wait for an Apostle to come visit us and tell us. We can read about Jesus for ourselves over and over as many times as we like right in our home.
Yes, we have not seen Jesus. Yet, with his life and words before us, we believe! And we love him. What inexpressible and glorious joy!