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2016.May.
07 Sat
 
Stewards of Gods Grace
[ 1 Peter 4:1 - 4:11 ]
 
1. Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
2. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
3. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
4. They are surprised that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.
5. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7. The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
 

Reflection
Live for God (4:1–6)
Peter is writing to believers who are living in a society that is heavily influenced by Roman culture. These believers are abused and ridiculed because their Christian lifestyle goes against the societal norms of the day. Even though there is a strong temptation to fit in with the dominant culture, these born-again believers have Jesus Christ as their role models, and their transformed lifestyles stand in stark contrast with those who do not know Christ. They do not live to gratify their earthly desires but to honor God. The world may consider this way of life to be strange, but followers of Jesus Christ should keep an eternal perspective, knowing that everyone will one day give an account of their lives to Jesus Christ (vv. 5–6).

Love God and People (4:7–11)
Jesus summed up the Law with two commands: love God, and love people. Thus, Peter calls us to pray because it helps us to grow in our love for God by communing with Him. The other equally important aspect of our Christian commitment is loving other people—even those who are difficult to love. Sincere love is revealed through our actions. It is expressed in forgiveness, hospitality, and selfless service using the spiritual gifts God has given us. Remember that life is short. Christ is coming back soon, and with Him the end of all things. On that day, what will really matter is how we lived out Christs commands to love God and love others.

Application
- Do you feel pressured to conform to the standards of the world you live in rather than the standards of God? Ask God to give you the wisdom and courage to live for Him.

- What is your attitude toward the end times? Does it frighten you, or does it motivate you to live in obedience?

A Letter to
God
Father, living for You is the best thing that I could ever do. Give me the grace to love You passionately and to love Your people well. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
 
 
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