Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 10, 2021

“they may be won without a word by the behavior”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Peter 2:11-12.

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”  1 Peter 2:11-12.


“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16.

Although the following Scripture is addressed to wives, it is generally profitable to us all.  In other words, we do not need to be a wife to win over others by our good deeds and good behavior.

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.”  1 Peter 3:1-2.

And, even if others are not won over at the time that we want, they may be won over later at the time of God’s visitation, so to speak, as they later remember our good deeds and good behavior.  

And, even if they are never won over, the following Scriptures shows the following additional purpose of our good deeds and good behavior and good words.  We will have fulfilled our duty as a watchman.  They will not have an excuse for their disobedience and unbelief.  They will be held accountable.  

“and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.”  1 Peter 3:16.

“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel;  so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.  But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”  Ezekiel 33:7-9.


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