An unwavering commitment to God comes with fighting the enemy by clinging to God and by living in real fellowship with the people of God.
Biblical leaders shepherd the people for whom they are responsible, tangibly expressing God’s care for us. In response, godly servants submit willingly to authority, recognizing that God establishes authorities in our lives.
Simply being alive means that we will suffer at some point. The question is whether we will experience it for doing right or doing wrong. Peter reminds us that it is much better to suffer for following Jesus on the narrow path and contributing to his mission rather than seeking our own.
If the end is near, we ought to use the time and resources that God gives us wisely, praying, loving, and serving one another.
While God is just and we naturally want justice for ourselves, God is more intent upon establishing lasting life through redemption. Ultimately it is eternal life that vindicates those who love God and do his will.
Suffering often isolates, hinders, and shames us. But because Jesus suffered as he did, he enables us to live bravely, with persistent strength and dignity.
If we really worship Jesus as Lord, suffering will be inevitable. Instead of asking if we will suffer, we should be asking how we can suffer with Jesus, delighting in him and in the opportunity to share the hope within us.
1 Peter 3:8-12 provides us with good direction for how we treat one another.
Success in marriage for a husband is not defined by authority, but by a genuine display of leadership characterized by love and sacrifice.
Real strength and security in marriage comes not in exercising authority, but in submission that serves as both an exercise and an expression of faith in God.
Suffering for the right reasons and submitting to divinely established authorities is pleasing to God.
Evangelism is an act of worship when it is demonstrated and communicated with passion, a respect for authority, and a generous humility.
Worshiping God is inspired by the experience of his grace, and it fulfills the purpose for which he made us. And as we experience his joy in worship it drives us to share it with those around us.
Experiencing the Word of God, the Gospel, gives us the ability to be known and loved. Experiences of the Gospel in turn feed our craving for more of the Gospel and lead to confession and outward expressions of God’s grace to others.
God has reasonable expectations of us which should be cause for fear. But rather than fear that leads to dread, our redemption in Jesus should motivate a reverential fear and desire to imitate Jesus that restores and sustains joy.
Joy is sustained by longing for Jesus’ approval and considering the greatness of salvation. This joy is not only self-sustaining but also inviting and contagious.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ secure hope and joy that remain steadfast even through pain and suffering. When we love and trust him we can experience joy in its fullest.
Joy comes in a healthy relationship with Jesus, faithful service to him, and gracious acceptance of God’s generous gifts.