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Bear Fruit: Bless

October 13, 2019 Speaker: Joe Walser Series: Bear Fruit

Topic: Biblical Passage: 1 Peter 3:8–3:10

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN
BEAR FRUIT: reVIEW
“Thinking is for doing” William James
Business has a phrase for this: The Knowing-Doing Gap We have to close the gap
James 1:22 (ESV)But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
B.E.S.T. Blessing εὐλογέω (eulogeo): Literally, to bestow divine favor on withwords (say well), with the implication that the verbal act itself constitutes a significant benefit—‘to bless, blessing.’
Numbers 6:22–27 (ESV)Aaron Speaks a blessing22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and hissons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,The Lord bless you and keep you;the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.24 25 26“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will27bless them.”
Often times the opening of the letter is a “blessing”
Philippians 1:2 (ESV)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus2 Christ.
Broadly: force of this word group means to praise, or act kindly...in some sense covers the entire scope of being nice to people, to live out B.E.S.T.
For our purposes: To use His words to build life into the lives of others
Proverbs 15:4 (NLT)Gentle words are a tree of life;4a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 18:21 (The Message)Words kill, words give life;21they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
1 Peter 3:8–10 (ESV)Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For“Whoever desires to love life and see good days,let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
1. Starting point
2. Scope
3. Sequence
STARTING POINT You have a calling!
1 Peter 3:9 (ESV)Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary,9bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
1 Peter 2:21–23 (ESV)For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered foryou, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
Our calling: To bless (use words to impart life) even when others use words to curse us.
1. Deep down level, not just words: The HS produces the real deal STARTING POINT You have a calling!Our calling: To bless (use words to impart life) even when others use words to curse us.
2. Depends completely on abiding: this is written by a guy that cut off his enemies ear
3. You need to take inventory and then CLOSE THE GAP
Matthew 5:43–44 (ESV) Love Your Enemies“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
SEQUENCEBlessings for everyone, on the house!
1 Peter 3:9–10 (ESV)For“Whoever desires to love life and see good days,let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary,9bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
1. The blessing is God makes you one who continuously finds great joy and purpose for this life! Literally, you become “one who is loving life.”
1 Peter 3:9–10 (ESV)For“Whoever desires to love life and see good days,let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary,9bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
2. The blessing is that God gives you “generous, full, fruitful” days. 

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