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12/10 1 Peter 4-5

Peter writes in chapter 4 that we should not be surprised when we suffer.  When we do suffer we should not focus on the trial, but instead we should focus on Jesus.  He suffered greatly for us not for himself.  If we keep our focus on him during our suffering we will in turn bring glory to God as our creator and to Jesus as our savior.

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Many times we wonder why us?  What did we do to deserve this?  I think those questions are impossible to answer.  But to observe the Christian who suffers and still praises God and thanks Him each and every day they are alive and for all of His many blessings is truly something to behold.  I have seen this firsthand and those people are nothing short of amazing.

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December 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

12/9 1 Peter 1-3

In chapter 1 of 1 Peter we learn several instructions that we need in order to attempt to be holy.  First we must prepare our minds for action.  Next we must be self-controlled.  Thirdly we must set our hope on the grace of Jesus.  Fourth we must be as obedient children.  Lastly we must no longer conform to our evil desires.

13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

It is difficult for us to imagine what it means for us to be holy when we compare that to a holy God.  I often wonder what must I do to have my name and the word holy compared in the same sentence.  At least now I understand how to get started in the right direction.

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment