Letters from Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul wrote encouraging letters to the church during challenging times. These letters are for us also! Many of the letters wrap advice with a final thought.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. I Thessalonians 4:1

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8

We live in a challenging time. Our culture and even the church is divided. Political messages come from many directions. I have thought about what I need to learn in order to grow in grace and kindness. These Bible verses, given to the church, are good instruction.

Peter mentions a humble mind. The word humble appears multiple times in the Bible, but it is not a trait that is prized today. Our culture is focused on the individual and self-promotion. 

My husband and I are reading through Richard Foster’s book, Learning Humility: A Year of Searching for a Vanishing Virtue. Foster points out that Jesus provides the supreme example of humility. 

I am thankful for the letters that have been preserved for us in the Bible.

Kate’s prompt for Five Minute Friday is: FINALLY. Visit the Five Minute Friday writing community to read more posts. Also linking with Grace & Truth and Sweet Tea and Friends and Sunday Sunshine blog hop .

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

8 Comments on “Letters from Peter and Paul

  1. Those are great verses beginning with “finally!” My favorite is Philippians 4:8. It is so important what we let our minds dwell on. I prefer to think on good things!

  2. It is amazing how meaningful the word ‘finally’ becomes when we pause to look at it more deeply. Paul pointed us to what was important for us all to grow in Christ, and in fellowship with one another. I love the image you used as it expresses how well Paul tied things up for us 🙂

  3. The letters of Peter and Paul are so full of wisdom and sound teaching, and we do especially need their teachings on finding unity and peace within the Body. My thoughts on “Finally” went to these Scripture passages as well. Visiting from FMF#11

  4. I love how you chose letters from the Gospel to illustrate the writing prompt for “finally”! Great piece. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I agree! The Bible is the best place to learn about grace and kindness. When we live in dark times, the light of Christ really shines out brightly. He is our model and He is the One who makes us able to display these qualities in our lives.

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