After you have suffered for a little while,
the God of all grace,
who called you to His eternal glory in Christ,
1 Peter 5:10
I love this verse! What do we learn here?
Our sufferings, which at times seem so great, are only for a little while.
God has grace for the sufferer. Not some grace. Not a little grace. All grace!
God has called us to eternal glory in Christ! We suffer now, there is glory later.
At the glory time He Himself will complete this amazing work of salvation.
He Himself will perfect us. Complete us, repair us, mend us, restore us.
He Himself will confirm us. Set you fast. Support you all around.
He Himself will strengthen us. Give you that vigor we lack now.
He Himself will establish us. Give you a foundation that can never be moved.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! What a Savior! What a salvation!
The end of all things is near; therefore,
be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
As each one has received a special gift,
employ it in serving one another
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God;
whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies;
so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.
What do you do when the end is near? How do you act? These are clear instructions.
First of all, recognize the end is near. This isn't a joke. Do you know that God has a plan that He is working out in history? Then what do you do? Live for what is eternal.
1. Have sound judgment and pray.
2. Have fervent love for one another.
3. Be hospitable to one other without complaining.
4. Use your gift in serving one another.
Did you notice the repetition of “one another?”
We should live for one another. A self centered life is too narrow.
Our lives should be “so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.”
Amen! Let’s do it!
Your adornment must not be merely external--
braiding the hair,
and wearing gold jewelry,
or putting on dresses;
but let it be the hidden person of the heart,
with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:3,4
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts,
always being ready to make a defense
to everyone who asks you
to give an account for the hope that is in you,
yet with gentleness and reverence;
1 Peter 3:15
Gentle is my word for the week. Mild. Humble. Tuesday in Bible study we read:
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.
The Lord is near.
I once had a dog that was very powerful. She could knock over adults with her strength, but when she was around children she would be very gentle. That’s what God wants from me. Gentleness. Power under control. Let’s be gentle today.
Like newborn babies,
long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:2, 3
What do you long for… really, really, really want?
God says we should long for God’s word like babies long for milk.
Think of a baby longing for milk…
crying for milk, looking for milk...
not happy until they get milk!
Milk is their one desire. Nothing stops it!
That should be our hunger for the Bible. By it we grow!
If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord, nothing can quench that thirst!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to His great mercy
has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to obtain an inheritance
which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you,
who are protected by the power of God
through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice…
We have a living hope and rejoicing today! And it’s not because of our election for president! It’s because of Jesus.
Our living hope comes from being born again through the resurrection of Jesus. Have you been born again? Jesus is alive. We will see Him someday! This is certain and living! Wonderful!
We also have an inheritance waiting for us, which no one can steal or ruin for us in any way. AND He protects us until we reach our inheritance! Now that’s a cause for rejoicing! Blessed be God!
Just a thought here… if your hope and happiness is bound up in this life, you will be disappointed. Place your hope and rejoicing in living eternal realities!
Today, hope and rejoice because of Jesus!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!