Lessons from 1 Peter: Team Care

How can we support and care for each other?

Summary: Love earnestly, zealously, fervently, from a pure heart.  Get rid of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, pride and slander.  Be harmonious, sympathetic,  affectionate, compassionate, humble. Bless one another by serving each other. 


You have purified your souls by obeying the truths in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.- 1 Peter 1:22

  • Love earnestly.
     
  • Love from a pure heart.  Are our motives for caring for others pure? Are we trying to gain favor or praise or position, serving for our own glory? What happens in your heart if others don’t notice your wonderful acts of service?  Are you able to be content in knowing that your Father in heaven  has seen the good things that you have done?
To quote the Believer’s bible commentary, “the exhortation to ‘love one another’  is especially timely for a people undergoing persecution because it is well known that ‘under conditions of hardship, trivial disagreements take on gigantic proportions.’” (2256)

So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. – 1 Peter 2:1

  •  Act rightly towards one another.  Deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander are all bad, because they affect our relationships with others.  Deception kills the trust in a relationship between two people. Hypocrisy makes it hard for others to trust us, when our actions do not match our words.  Envy, yearning for what someone else has, means we are wishing we are someone else or had their posessions, making their life or their possessions an idol, which is not healthy. We can’t have a great relationship with someone if we are worshiping them. Slander, saying things about a person that are not true, is also a relationship killer.  

Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8-9

  • Be harmonious, sympathetic,  affectionate, compassionate, humble. Care for others. Don’t fight and argue, instead, choose to bless.
     
  • Bless others.  We are to give blessing to others now, as those who will receive blessing from God in the future.

Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.- 1 Peter 4:8-9

  • Love with zeal.
     
  • Show hospitality.  Are we welcoming to one another?  Do we make the new members of the team feel comfortable? Are we caring for the basic needs of each other? 
     
  • Serve one another with your gifts.  Are we using the unique God gifting – the strengths, interests, and passions – that each of us have within us, to serve our team? 

… And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. – 1 Peter 5:5

  • Act humbly. The person who is proud takes credit for themselves and their actions.  We are called to boast not in ourselves, but in God alone – it’s through Him that we exist, through Him that all we accomplish can be accomplished.  God is the one who changes hearts, gives us strength and opportunity, enables us to succeed for His glory. 

How should these truths change your life? (James 1:22)