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Lenten Reflections: Day Seven

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during Lent, we invite you to reflect and respond to one highlighted Scripture reading from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Lectionary readings:
Psalms 77
Job 5:8-27
1 Peter 3:8-18a

1 Peter 3:8-18a

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For

“Those who desire life
and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
and their lips from speaking deceit;
let them turn away from evil and do good;
let them seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.

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Comments

This is simply wonderful, as an idea and this particular reading touched a nerve deep within as it echos my longings to overcome the evil within me and to have a positive attitude and feeling towards all, not just those who agree with me or treat me "nice".
How good to be able to as it were " pull up" these texts and read them during a break time or in the evening, early morning,etc. May God continue to inspire the authors of these reflections on the Word. May this undertaking be a means of spreading the awareness of the great work that is being done by the organization of Bread for the World. It is my pride to be able to say I have been a member for at least 25 years.

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