The Mind and Personality of a Christian

TEXT: 1 Pet. 3:8-12

INTRODUCTION:

A. LAST WEEK "SHOWING FORTH HIS EXCELLENCIES."

1. Time of persecution.

2. Relationships that are the source.

B. THIS WEEK HOW CHRISTIANS REFLECT GOD'S IMAGE IN THEIR

UNIQUE PERSONALITY.

I. CHRISTIANS TO BE LIKEMINDED( vs. 8-9 ). 2 thoughts.

A. WE MUST HAVE UNITY.

1. Jesus prayed for it( John 17:20-21 ).

2. Paul demanded it( 1 Cor. 1:10 ).

3. Eph. 4:3.

B. WE MUST HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST( Phil. 2:5; 1 Pet. 2:21 ).

1. Jesus was compassionate, sympathetic( Matt. 9:36; 14:14 ).

trans. "touched"( Heb. 4:15 ).

2. Jesus loved his brethren( 1 John 4:19; 3:16 ) us( 3:16-18 ).

3. Jesus was tenderhearted KJV "pitiful" - quick to feel pity

( Eph. 4:32; John 11:31-43 ).

4. Jesus was humbleminded - his example( John 13:1-15 ).

a. Phil. 2:5-8. Have this mind in you( 1 Pet. 5:5 ).

b. Phil. 2:9-11. God will exalt us, too( 1 Pet. 5:6 ).

5. Jesus never rendered evil for evil( 1 Pet. 2:21-24 ).

- will evil overcome us( Rom. 12:17-21 ).

6. Contrariwise blessing - Our inheriting depends on it.

Wish even the persecutor( any abuser )well( Matt. 5:43-48 ).

II. THE SECRET OF A HAPPY LIFE( vs. 10 ).

A. WATCH WHAT WE SAY( Matt. 12:36-37 ).

B. SPEAK NO GUILE - DECEIT( Matt. 5:33-37 ).

C. TURN AWAY FROM EVIL( 2 Tim. 2:19 ).

NO SUPPORT( Eph. 5:11; 2 John 9-11 ).

D. DO GOOD( Titus 3:1 ).

E. SEEK, EVEN PURSUE, PEACE( Heb. 12:14-15 ).

CONCLUSION:

A. IF WE SEEK TO BE RIGHT, GOD KNOWS IT.

1. He watches over us.

2. He hears our prayers.

B. IF WE SEEK TO DO WRONG, JUDGMENT AWAITS.