Saturday, February 8, 2014

On My Heart . . .


 I love the book of 1 Peter and just finished reading it yet again. This particular passage was once again, particularly convicting! One thing that stood out to me when reading it this time is how many specific commands are given to us . . .

Therefore . . . 

--prepare your minds for action

--keep sober in spirit, 

--fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

--As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance

--but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy for I am holy.’ 

--If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;” (1 Peter 1:13-17.)

And why?

“. . . knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19.)

Because of who He is, because of His sacrifice for us, because of the very great price with which we were redeemed - Christ's precious blood - do we earnestly long and strive to walk in obedience to each of these commands that He has given us. Because He "first loved us", we love Him, and with that love, long to please and obey Him!

4 comments:

  1. I love the book of Peter, down to earth and straightforward.
    Although I didnt see the debate that you referred to in your last post, I read the article with much interest. I was amazed and horrified to see that there is such a thing as a world conference for atheists.
    I think that people who are firm in their spiritual belief will always see that there is no argument, and that those who protest the loudest often have the weakest reasons..

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  2. I Peter is a favorite of mine too.
    My husband is leading a Bible study on 1 Peter right now. Very convicting. :-)

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  3. Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth, and for sharing all that you did! It’s really sad to see what is happening in the world, isn’t it? Yet it is but a fulfilling of Scripture as to what will be taking place in the ‘last days.’ How important it is to, as you shared, be firm in our faith! And then be willing to boldly share and testify of that faith.

    I think you’re right on that last point!

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  4. That is wonderful that your husband is leading a Bible study on 1 Peter, Mrs. Anne! Our family has been studying it together as well. It is indeed a very convicting book!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)