Posted by: bshelley | August 6, 2008

Zealous for Doing Good

Today’s Verse: 1 Peter 3:13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? NASB

When I came to this verse today, I just came to a dead stop. The apostle Peter is discussing godly living in this chapter. He has discussed the need to submit to each other. He calls on a passage from Psalm 34 to remind us to be peace seekers. Is he saying here that if we are vehemently out there doing good that bad things will not happen to us? No. In verse 14 he goes on to talk about suffering for the sake of righteousness. What then is he saying to us? I was encouraging a member this week that struggles with bouts of depression. I advised them to first open the dark curtains and let the light in. Then I suggested they find someone they could help and serve them any way they could given their resources. Mostly they have time. Certainly sitting in a dark cave all day with nothing but time on your hands can lead to depressed feelings. The point is to encourage to get the focus off of ourselves and our particular struggles and problems and onto serving others. Zealously if possible. We are to keep our mental and our physical focus on serving the Lord in righteousness. We are to turn away from worldly cares and even intimidation or attacks by others and do good. Peter asks a rhetorical question. In the physical realm, the answer frankly is… a lot of people potentially will seek to do you harm even if you are trying to do good. We live in a fallen and sinful world whose prince is Satan. However, in the spiritual realm, the answer to Peter’s question is… no one! We are eternal beings serving a risen Lord who has assured us of a rest and a home at the end of our earthly (physical) journey in Him. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but God’s saving grace makes sure they never really hurt us. Let’s go into this day and always zealous for doing good, in His name.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-1-peter-3_13



  1. Hi Bryan Excellent Post! I loved reading it and your other posts.

    I also responded to your comment and posted a link to understand where I am coming from a bit more:

  2. Bryan, I have been reading a bit more. I love the tone of your BLOG! Great job!. It prompts us, challenges, sanctifies, and also loves us at the same time.

    I freqeuent at least one BLOG that tries so hard to be scripturally correct but tends to leave the MO (mode of operation) of Christ behind in how it challenges people. It makes its main point pointing out any thing they see false in everyone else and it has a tone of works based righteousness in how it thinks. Gods Grace is for spiritual babies, etc.

    Your BLOG is quite different and well written. Keep up the good work!

  3. I pray that if I get off the path of pointing all to Christ and Christ-like living based solely on the scriptures, that brothers like you will come along side and gently nudge me back.

    Thanks for your insightful and intelligent blog. I really am challenged by it and appreciate the effort it takes to put that together. God bless.

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