Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? ~ 1 Peter 3:13
你 们 若 是 热 心 行 善 ， 有 谁 害 你 们 呢 ？。~ 彼 得 前 書 3:13
Today’s verse comes from a letter that the apostle Peter wrote to people who believed in Jesus. First he tells them to do all sorts of good things and love each other. Then he asks a question, which is today’s verse. The “Z” word is “zealous”, which means that a person really, really, really wants something to happen! So Peter’s question means, “Who will hurt you if you really, really, really want to do what is good?”
Most times, nobody, right? So we can do good things to honour God and not worry. But Peter goes on to say that even if someone doesn’t like the good things you do, God will reward you for doing them. Jesus only did good things, and some people did their best to stop him. But God raised him from the dead to show everyone that what Jesus did was right. And now Jesus lives forever in Heaven, where no one can hurt him at all. If we believe in him, we will go there to live with him too.
So let’s be zealous is doing good things! God is with us.
Our Father, you are good! We also want to be good, and we trust you to look after us no matter what anyone else says. Please help us know what is good, and help us to do it. Amen.