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March 29 – Maundy Thursday

1 Peter 3:16 (ESV)
…having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
 
The first 15 verses of 1 Peter 3, help guide us in our daily living. Both the people who would have read this letter in its most original form and us today are reeving instructions on how to be continually faithful in the midst of persecution. As we read this on Maundy Thursday – the night in which our Savior is betrayed, the gruesomeness of the persecution He received on Good Friday – leading to His death on a cross. Jesus is continually an example for us – in the midst of His persecution; in the midst of it all Jesus never swung back, never mouthed off, and even while on the cross – HE PRAYED for those who were punishing Him. When we are being slandered, made fun of, and persecuted – society is waiting to see how we will respond.
 
Because of John 3:16 – our hope is not of this world, but it is in the One who came and died for us – He who suffered the ultimate punishment for us, so that we could live for HIM!
 
Questions:
How do you react when someone treats you wrongly because of your faith in Jesus?
 
Does your reaction help lead them to Christ or stray them away from Christ?
 
Activity:
Find someone who you reacted to them negatively when they said something that came across as condescending to you about your faith. Seek forgiveness from them and share John 3:16.