What the Holy Spirit Says You Need to “Have” Today


Today’s Bible reading is 1 Peter 3 but I’d like to highlight verses 8 and 9.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

Having addressed servants (2:18-25), wives (3:1-6), and husbands (3:7), Peter is led by the Holy Spirit of God to “finally” address “all” of us. And what is his message? “Have” certain things. It’s a list of qualities worth meditating upon, praying about, and aiming for throughout the day.

  • Unity of mind
  • Sympathy
  • Brotherly love
  • A tender heart
  • A humble mind

Evil may come knocking on your door today. Don’t repay it with further evil. You might be on the receiving end of reviling today. Don’t revile in return. On the contrary, bless. We’ve been enabled, by God’s grace, to obtain a blessing; in the meantime, we are to be blessings.

“For to this you were called.” Let’s set our minds from the beginning of the day to live up to that calling, standing strong and shining bright to the glory of our Father in heaven.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He’s a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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