Be Respectful

1 Peter 2:15-17 KJV For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: [16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. [17] Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
 
There will always be those who will speak out against Christianity. They usually are speaking out of ignorance. God has given us a powerful tool to silence the ignorance of foolish men. That tool is how we treat people. We are to treat every person with respect. It does not matter their station in life. It does not matter the color of their skin. It does not matter their background or what they may have done. We are to show the love of God to every individual that crosses our path. We cannot rightly call ourselves the servants of God if we do not treat others right.

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Good Citizens

1 Peter 2:13-14 KJV Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; [14] Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
 
We are to be good, law abiding citizens. This is part of our testimony. Our daily actions in society should be above reproach. We must pray for our civil leadership. They serve God’s purpose of punishing evildoers. There are times, such as we find ourselves in today, where we may have to choose to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). These times are rare, but they do occur. We need to be mindful of the fact that we must maintain a good testimony with man, but also a clear conscience with God.

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Strangers and Pilgrims

1 Peter 2:11-12 KJV Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; [12] Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
 
We need to remember that this world is not our home. We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We are here instructed that we should maintain an honest conversation before the world. The word conversation here is dealing with our lifestyle. The way we live our life on a daily basis is to be in agreement with the fact that we are strangers and pilgrims in this world. Our life should show others the love of God and how to come to God. Even if they speak evil against us, our lifestyle should contradict what they say.

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The People of God

1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: [10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 
It is interesting that God often has a very different view of us than we have of ourselves. We would not describe ourselves as being a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, or a peculiar people. We often see our flaws and sin. We do not see ourselves as measuring up to what God expects. But in verse 9, Peter describes us as God sees us. We are now His people. We are the people of God and we should certainly live like we are His people. We should allow the world to see us as God sees us. This would give us a testimony that could influence others for the cause of Christ.

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It’s God’s Fight

Psalm 5:9-10 KJV For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. [10] Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
 
Peter sounds a bit like David in the Psalms in these two verses. Peter is praying for God to handle his enemies. This is an important lesson for us to learn. We need to allow God to fight our enemies for us. He can do a much better job than we can. When God handles our enemies, we will find that we will be free from bitterness and anger. This will allow us to continue to lead a joyful life despite the enemies that are around us. Living with joy in the midst of trials is a great testimony of God’s grace in our life.

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Precious Savior

1 Peter 2:6-8 KJV Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. [7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, [8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
 
There is no middle ground when it comes to Christ. People either believe in Him or they do not. For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, He is precious. For those who do not believe in Him, He is a stumbling block. Since He is precious to us, we ought to live like He is precious. We ought to show the world that He is precious to us. This may help some to come to a belief in Jesus as their Savior. Let it not be said of us as believers that we were the reason that the unbeliever stumbled over Christ.

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Lively Stones

1 Peter 2:4-5 KJV To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, [5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
 
Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone of the church. He is both the foundation and builder of the church (Matthew 16:18). It is interesting what He chooses to build with. He chooses us. We are imperfect sinners who are not in the least worthy of any of His grace and mercy. But He loved us enough to die for our sins and then chooses to use us to build His church. We should allow the Lord to mold us into whatever He needs to build His church. We should not be dictating what we should be. That is God’s domain not ours. Let’s be the lively stones He intends for us to be.

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The Sincere Word

1 Peter 2:1-3 KJV Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, [2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: [3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
 
We are given a list of things that need to be put away from our life. This list includes malice, guile, hypocrisy, envy, and speaking evil of others. We are also given a tool that we may use to root these things out of our life. That tool is the Word of God. Even the simplest portions of the Word of God, the milk of the Word, are designed to help us grow. As we grow, we find that these things listed must go in order for us to grow. Let’s get into the Word of God and allow is to root out those things that would keep us from growing.

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The Eternal Word

1 Peter 1:24-25 KJV For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: [25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
Everything on this planet is temporary. It will all come to an end one day. Here we are compared to grass. grass withers and fades. Man’s life is just as temporary. Compared to eternity, we only live on this earth but for a moment. The one thing we have that is eternal is the Word of God. It was settled in heaven in eternity past. Jesus said that heaven and earth will pass away but His Word would last forever. Because the Word of God is eternal, we can trust it in our every day life. The Word of God will guide our every step through life.

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Obey the Truth

1 Peter 1:22-23 KJV Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: [23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 
There is only one way for us to purify our souls and that is by obeying the truth. When we trusted Christ as our Savior, we obeyed the truth of the Gospel. As we obey the truth, it ought to cause us to increase in our love for the brethren. This love ought to be a fervent or intense love. In and of ourselves, we find it sometimes difficult to love as we ought. The Word of God is not only the vehicle by which we are saved, but it is the vehicle which teaches us how to love others as we should. Let’s make sure that we are obeying the truth today.

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