A Righteous Response When Mistreated (1 Peter 3; 1 Peter 4)

Heart of a Shepherd

Jun 02, 2023



Balasan yang Benar Apabila Dianiaya (1 Petrus 3; 1 Petrus 4)


Праведный ответ на жестокое обращение (1 Петра 3; 1 Петра 4)


Праведна відповідь, коли з ними погано поводилися (1 Петра 3; 1 Петра 4)


Eine gerechte Antwort bei Misshandlung (1. Petrus 3; 1. Petrus 4)


جب بدسلوکی کی گئی تو ایک درست جواب (1 پطرس 3؛ 1 پطرس 4)


Μια Δίκαιη Απόκριση σε Κακομεταχείριση (1 Πέτρου 3· 1 Πέτρου 4)


Jibu la Haki Unapotendewa Vibaya (1 Petro 3; 1 Petro 4)


Isang Matuwid na Tugon Kapag Pinagmalupitan (1 Pedro 3; 1 Pedro 4)


תגובה צודקת בעת התעללות (פיטר א' ג'; פיטר א' ד')


پاسخی عادلانه هنگام بدرفتاری (اول پطرس 3؛ اول پطرس 4)

Haitian Creole

Yon repons jis lè yo maltrete (1 Pyè 3; 1 Pyè 4)


الرد الصالح عند سوء المعاملة (1 بطرس 3 ؛ بطرس الأولى 4)


Ispravan odgovor kada se prema njima loše postupa (1. Petrova 3; 1. Petrova 4)


Une réponse juste quand on est maltraité (1 Pierre 3 ; 1 Pierre 4)


Una giusta risposta quando si è maltrattati (1 Pietro 3; 1 Pietro 4)


Un răspuns drept când este maltratat (1 Petru 3; 1 Petru 4)


En retfærdig reaktion, når den bliver mishandlet (1 Peter 3; 1 Peter 4)


Phản ứng ngay thẳng khi bị ngược đãi (1 Phi-e-rơ 3; 1 Phi-e-rơ 4)

Chinese (Simplified)

受到虐待时的正义回应(彼得前书 3;彼得前书 4)

Chinese (Traditional)

受到虐待時的正義回應(彼得前書 3;彼得前書 4)


Uma resposta justa quando maltratado (1 Pedro 3; 1 Pedro 4)


การตอบสนองอย่างชอบธรรมเมื่อถูกทำร้าย (1 เปโตร 3; 1 เปโตร 4)


학대를 받았을 때 의롭게 반응함(베드로전서 3장; 베드로전서 4장)

French (Canada)

Une réponse juste quand on est maltraité (1 Pierre 3 ; 1 Pierre 4)


虐待されたときの義にかなった対応 (1 ペテロ 3; 1 ペテロ 4)


दुर्व्यवहार के समय एक धर्मी प्रतिक्रिया (1 पतरस 3; 1 पतरस 4)


Una respuesta justa cuando se la maltrata (1 Pedro 3; 1 Pedro 4)


Ett rättfärdigt svar när man blir illa behandlad (1 Petrus 3; 1 Petrus 4)


Een rechtvaardige reactie bij mishandeling (1 Petrus 3; 1 Petrus 4)

A Righteous Response When Mistreated (1 Peter 3; 1 Peter 4)

Scripture reading – 1 Peter 3; 1 Peter 4

The apostle Peter’s letter “to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1:1) continues with today’s Scripture reading. As you will see, 1 Peter 3 and 4 are practical and insightful, presenting us with numerous principles that are spiritual guides to the believer’s daily life and relationships. Before we consider the subject of today’s devotional, consider the following outlines of 1 Peter 3-4.

An Outline of 1 Peter 3

  1. Peter charged wives and husbands with marital obligations that parallel those recorded by Paul in his epistles (3:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; Titus 2:2-7)
  2. Five precepts for “getting along” with others (3:8)
  3. A righteous response when you are mistreated (3:9)
  4. Three essential disciplines for loving life, and seeing good days (3:10-11)
  5. Spiritual responses to trials, troubles, and persecutions (3:13-17)
  6. Keys to a living, eternal hope (3:18-22)

An Outline of 1 Peter 4

  1. Four characteristics of believers who bear injustices without bitterness (4:1-6)
  2. Four characteristics of authentic faith (4:8-11)
  3. Enduring hope in the midst of fiery trials (4:12-19)

A Righteous Response to Injustice (3:9)

To put today’s devotional in context, we should remember Peter was writing to believers who were “strangers” (1:1). They had suffered rejections, persecutions, and been driven from their homes, businesses, and country. Peter, like a pastor who knows the sorrows and sufferings of his congregation, was guided by the Holy Spirit to exhort believers regarding their attitude and response to injustice and mistreatment.

Peter had already encouraged servants to respond to harsh masters in a “good and gentle” manner (2:18); and encouraged them to do so was “acceptable to God (2:20). Yet, not only were servants expected to respond to cruel masters with humility, but the same was expected of believers when they were treated unjustly and provoked. Peter exhorted, “Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing” (3:9).

The practical application of 1 Peter 3:9 is, believers are to be longsuffering, ready to forgive, and not retaliate (“not rendering evil for evil,” 3:9a). Retaliation and revenge are the natural response when are wounded, and treated unfairly. Our fleshly impulse is to hurt others to the same degree we have been wronged. Yet, Peter taught the persecuted saints not only to shun retaliation, but to refuse to render “railing for railing” (3:9b).

Verbal assaults, threats, and slander will find their target, and a wounded heart is inevitable. Verbal jabs and counter jabs are the way of the world, for the wicked know nothing of grace and forgiveness. We often feel mocking, demeaning, name calling, and slander are too much to bear.

Nevertheless, Peter urged believers to go counter to their instincts, and bless those who leave you wounded, promising, “knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing” (3:9b). Instead of giving an offender a “piece of your mind,” we are to extend grace (“contrariwise blessing’), knowing God has a purpose, and He will reward His child with unconditional love and favor (3:9c).

Bite Your Tongue (3:10)

If you want to “love life, and see good days” (3:10a), bite your tongue, and speak neither “evil” nor “guile” (lies or deceit, 3:10). When everything within you cries unfair, keep silent, and trust God.

Closing thoughts – Why should believers suffer wrong, and not seek revenge? Why should we be silent, though an enemy would sow lies and seek our ruin?

Because the way of the wicked is to verbally attack, insult, and lie. Yet, our faith is in the Lord, and we trust Him to bestow His favor on us. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the multitude, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11).

In his letter to believers in Rome, Paul wrote: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath [make room for God’s wrath]: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

Truth – A believer’s silence and refusal to retaliate makes room for God to work and exercise justice.

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