Meditation: 1 Peter 3:8-12

 

8Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

9not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.

10For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

11Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

12For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”

 

As I have read and meditated on this passage, I have looked upon it as it being spoken to us here at Verity. In the Verity environment, it is sometimes easy become self-centered in our day to day lives, losing sight of the fact that we are living with our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, by reading this passage and inserting the name, “Verity” into certain places and slightly altering the text, our code of conduct is very clear.

Verity Code of Conduct (According to 1 Peter 3:8-12):

Verity students, be harmonious, having compassion for one another (during hard times, such as failed tests and sickness); love as brothers [and sisters], be tenderhearted (even when it may be easier to be harsh in your judgment), be courteous (yes, men, be chivalrous, hold those doors for the ladies, offer to fill those water cups); treating your fellow students as you  would like to be treated, not spreading gossip, or making reviling, abusive comments toward one another, but blessing, knowing that God called you to Verity, that you may inherit a blessing. In order for one’s life at Verity to be lovely and his days to be good, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from spreading deceitful rumors. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace among his fellow students and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.

            Oh Lord, is this true of me in my conduct at Verity? I pray that you would remove any wicked way from me. Let my speech be only that which is edifying to my brothers and sisters, and make me a blessing to every person that I’m around.

 

By Zachary Childers