Scripture: 1 Peter 1.
(What is God saying here?)
1 Peter 1:13-16 (NLT)
13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.
15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Often folk that knew my dad, will recognize me as his son. This may be because I look like him, or I may act like him in some way. In this first chapter of Peter, the writer, Peter, was speaking to Christians living in several provinces of what is now Turkey. The provinces as a whole were very ungodly, because Peter acknowledged to the Christians that they were like strangers living there. This should very much apply to Christians today, as we live in a land consisting mostly of ungodly people. Friends, if we do everything the world does and therefore do not exercise self-control and live like God, then we must question ourselves as to whom do we belong. Many will ask, but how do we know how God acted in certain circumstances? I’m glad you asked that friend, because God gave us three things that would really help us out in that:
- The Comforter – in His Word we are told that although Jesus died, He sent us the Comforter – His Holy Spirit, to guide us and help us live holy and acceptable lives. For those that have accepted Jesus as Lord, we must call on Him to help us live like God;
- The Bible – God’s Word is provided as our handbook to enlighten us on how we must live. By staying active in the Word each day, we will be guided into holy and righteous living. It will direct us into living like God details in His Word;
- Each Other – We are to help each other out in this earthly walk and do all we can to help each other live Godly lives. When we fail at this, we push our Christian brothers and sisters to follow the ways of the world as exampled by worldly friends.
Let’s do our part to live like Jesus, and to help a brother or sister along, that need our encouragement and God’s direction. We’re all on the same team, looking forward to the return of the same Master. Let us spur each other on towards love and good works!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, it is difficult living like You in a world so filled with sin and evil works. You never said in Your Word that it would be easy, so thankfully You have given us instruction on how to best accomplish this, and You have provided help for us along the way. Thank You for this encouragement and Your divine direction so that I might be more like You each day, in spite of all the worldly influences that bombard me every day. Lord, I pray that You will always tap me on one shoulder or the other to direct me in the right path. Please also help me to be a mentor or encourager to another Christian Brother or Sister. Lord we want to see You and be with You one day in glory. Please be our guide while we muddle through the mire here on this earth.
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