It was a few days ago that I saw a verse from 1Peter and looked it up for context. As I started reading I realized I hadn’t read – let alone studied – that book in a long time. With that realization came that inner urging (He is our Shepherd, we know His voice) that I had to read it from the beginning. So I tried. I really did. Apparently Peter was the master of run-on sentences and my mind got wrapped around grammar issues when it couldn’t seem to wrap around the message he was giving us from God.
Since that day everywhere I go (online) someone is quoting 1Peter! God is really pushing this book to a lot of people obviously, so I knew I had to get into it one way or another, it has something important that God wants His children to know.
RightNow Media is a network that is offered through subscriber churches to its members, and I have used some of the resources on there in other studies I’ve done recently (Colossians, 1Thess.) so I turned to that once again, hoping for an overview so I’d have an idea what Peter is trying to say…something like an interpreter even.
WOW! I can certainly see why God is drawing us to this book!! Given what’s going on in the world, it is every bit as timely today as it was when Peter wrote it. (Funny how that works with Scripture, isn’t it?) While watching this series of messages one particular segment really stands out to me, so I want to talk about it here:
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.(1Peter 2:1)
Part of living holy lives is getting rid of some things.
What’s in your junk drawer of sin that you need to get rid of to live out your identity as a follower of Jesus in this world?
This is repentance language.
The reason I shared this is because (a) the Lord directed me to, and (b) when he said “slander of every kind” something became very clear: saying nasty things about anyone falls into that category. How often have I slandered – especially in political discussions – people? Oh, not people I know, but those who are in the news for their actions…yeah. That’s part of what God wanted me to hear. But the rest is soaking in also.
If you haven’t read 1Peter lately, maybe see if you can relate, and at the same time get some comfort from the words therein, which are there to help us to be holy, as He is holy. Besides, I hear this book is all the rage!