1 Peter 2:11-17
Focused Text: 1 Peter 2:11-15
As followers of Jesus, we face opposition to our faith. Sometimes it’s subtle and slightly uncomfortable while other times it’s blatant and seems overwhelming. We may be tempted to respond in a confrontational matter, or simply conform to the pressure. Rather than responding to our opponents in either of these ways, Peter gives us some enduring guidelines to follow which will indirectly silence our opponents. By maintaining an honorable lifestyle (1:11-12) and living in submission to the authorities while seeking the welfare of others (2:13-15), we remove any reasonable basis for our opponents to attack us.
In our current culture, a shallow understanding of “tolerance” has become the almighty standard of morality. Society says we must not only accept the lifestyle choices of all, but also endorse them wholeheartedly. Many attempt to respond by arguing passionately or simply conceding to the culture. However, as we’ve seen, the Lord, through Peter, simplifies things for us. He commands us to simply live honorable, reputable lives, and our opponents will eventually find that they are standing on hollow ground in their antagonism of Christ and his people.
Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.
- If a non-believer who is actively opposed to the gospel were to observe my lifestyle, would they naturally be silenced or emboldened? Why?
- What are some ways that I am currently working for the good of others in a public manner? If none, where can I start?