1 Peter 3:8-12 (NLT)
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

In these verses Peter is teaching how a person should live in harmony with others. They are to be tenderhearted, keep a humble attitude. They should avoid repaying evil for evil, insults with insults and speaking lies against others. They are to do what is right, what brings and maintains peace. Peter says God is watching over the faithful and just, but He turns from those who do evil.

Today there is an article on Mother Teresa’s Crisis of Faith on the CNN news page. The article expresses the care and love she gave for others. In one point of her life she said, “"It is not enough for us to say, 'I love God, but I do not love my neighbor,'" she said, since in dying on the Cross, God had "[made] himself the hungry one — the naked one — the homeless one." Jesus' hunger, she said, is what "you and I must find" and alleviate.” When she spoke of the Christmas holiday she would say, “remind the world "that radiating joy is real" because Christ is everywhere — "Christ in our hearts, Christ in the poor we meet, Christ in the smile we give and in the smile that we receive." But the article goes on to show the points in Mother Teresa’s life where she struggled with her faith in God. At one point she said, “Lord, my God, who am I that You should forsake me? The Child of your Love — and now become as the most hated one — the one — You have thrown away as unwanted — unloved. I call, I cling, I want — and there is no One to answer — no One on Whom I can cling — no, No One. — Alone ... Where is my Faith — even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness & darkness — My God — how painful is this unknown pain — I have no Faith — I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart — & make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me afraid to uncover them — because of the blasphemy — If there be God — please forgive me — When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven — there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives & hurt my very soul. — I am told God loves me — and yet the reality of darkness & coldness & emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul. Did I make a mistake in surrendering blindly to the Call of the Sacred Heart?” As the article suggests, some may think her faith is lacking, but in actuality her faith is strong. She pours out her heart to a God she cannot physically feel or hear. She lets Him know she struggles and she needs Him. She kept on in her life, serving God faithfully even though she questioned why at times. Peter said we must do what is right, which Mother Teresa did. And even though she might have questioned her faith even in prayer, God’s ears were open to her because she did right in His eyes. King David often struggled in the same way with his faith. Yet God said David was a man after His own heart.