Word to the Wise – 5 Lessons from 1 Peter 4

Tonight I read 1 Peter 4:8-11:

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. Amen.

These four verses taught me a good many lessons – five to be exact.

  1. Always love one another. Love is not a part-time thing; it is serious, lasting, and powerful. If we would just take the time and make the effort to love half as much as Christ loved us this world would be better off.
  2. Be kind and respectful toward one another. Try to do this without resentment. Of course, this means we must be kind to those who do not deserve it.
  3. Work together as the body of Christ to further God’s kingdom. None of us are alike. These differences make us much more efficient as a unified body.
  4. Don’t hold God back by trying to do anything by yourself. Allow God to use you and speak through you.
  5. Remember He is far bigger than we give Him credit for. Don’t put Him in a box. (Only He could use a broken person like me to do something great!)

God’s word remains to amaze me. No other book could continuously teach me something new every time I read it!

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