Author Archive for Shawn Cornett

20
Sep
19

Show Love

Christianity all boils down to love. At least, it should. On the night before Jesus died, He gave His disciples a new command – love one another. The kind of love that Jesus’ followers are to have for one another is unconditional, unselfish and unlimited. He said that the whole world would know that we are His followers by our love for one another. Peter took this to heart because he wrote in 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT):

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

There are two things I notice about this verse. First, Peter says that showing love for each other is the most important thing. It isn’t our doctrine. It’s not our buildings nor our budgets. It’s not our political leanings. It is how we show love.
Second, Peter says that love covers over a multitude of sins. God’s love covers our sins and our love can cover the sins committed against us by others. In other words, love forgives. Without love, we cannot forgive.
As followers of Jesus, we need to learn how to show love to one another. It has to be more than lip service. Our love must come from a heart that is transformed by God’s love.

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19
Sep
19

The End Is Near

When I hear the words, “The end is near,” I think of old cartoons with a guy who has a sign with the words on it. We may think about someone standing on a street corner screaming at people. We may think about a disaster movie where someone declares that the end is near before the hero or heroes step in to save the day. Here’s what the apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 4:7 (NLT):

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.

For followers of Jesus, the end of the world is not a reason to panic. Rather, it is a reason to pray. What can you pray for? Pray for those who are threatened by persecution. Pray that their faith will stay strong. Pray for those who are outside of Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict them of their need of a Savior. Pray for your church. Pray that the church will carry out its Christ-given mission of making disciples of all nations. The end is near. Are you praying?

18
Sep
19

YOLO?

You only live once or YOLO is a common idea and phrase among younger generations. It is the idea that since we only have one life, we might as well live it to the full. We only get so many trips around the sun, so we should go for the gusto and have as much fun as possible. We should have as many experiences as possible. Don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Live for today because YOLO! Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:6 (NLT):

That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead—so although they were destined to die like all people, they now live forever with God in the Spirit.

In 1 Peter 4, he was talking about how we all will live forever and be judged by God. We may suffer in this life, including persecution. It may be tempting to give up on our faith because we believe that the suffering isn’t worth it. Peter is telling us that since we will all stand before God in judgment, we must hold on to our faith. We must persevere for the sake of the Gospel. You might only live once on earth, but you live eternally in either Heaven or Hell.

17
Sep
19

Your New Best Friend

Whether you came to Christ early or later in life, you probably had some wild days in your past. You may have had a group of friends with whom you used to hang around, but do so no longer. You may have lived the party lifestyle with them that doesn’t seem all that appealing to you now. They wonder what happened to you. What happened to all of the good times you used to have. Why are you such a goody two-shoes? What are you? Are you some kind of Jesus freak? Peter says to not be surprised when people slander you for the change that has taken place in your life. He wrote in 1 Peter 4:4-5 (NLT):

Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead.

We say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones…,” but names do hurt. When people make fun of us or persecute us for our faith, it hurts. Don’t forget that God has the final say. We will all stand before Him in judgment. Don’t walk away from your faith because your former friends don’t like your new best friend, Jesus.

16
Sep
19

Enough Is Enough

Think back to the time before Christ entered into your life. How did you used to live before you knew God? Maybe you were a pretty good person. Maybe you were not. Perhaps you had some friends who led you down some wrong paths. Maybe there were some bad influences in your life. It could have been a boyfriend or a girlfriend. It might have been some high school or college buddies. Then, someone introduced you to Jesus and things began to change. You began to change. You said, “Enough is enough.” This is what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:3 (NLT):

You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.

You may still feel the pull of that former way of life. Temptation may rear its ugly head at times and you long to go back to the way you used to live. Don’t do it! You’re done with those ways. You’re on a new path now that leads to life instead of the road that leads to eternal destruction. Don’t compromise your faith in Christ for the momentary rush of sin. It may feel good for a moment, but in the long run you’ll feel guilty and full of shame. But know this: Christ died for all of your sins and to take away your shame. If you fall short and back into a former way of life, it is covered by Calvary. There’s a new day ahead and a second chance is waiting for you. Jesus still loves you.

13
Sep
19

Sin, I’m Through With You

What does persecution have to do with sin? Plenty, according to Peter. He wrote in 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NLT):

So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.

Jesus suffered physical pain on the cross as He died for our sins. He was perfect and never sinned in any way. He suffered for doing good. We may also suffer for doing good and for following Jesus. Peter says that we’re done with sin if we do. Why? Because it is a sign that we are more committed to following Christ than we are to following our sinful desires. Our sinful desires are for comfort and ease. The way of the cross means pain and suffering. The way of sin is a life free from struggle. The way of the cross means struggling against the sinful nature. The way of sin is the way of selfishness and self-centered living. The way of the cross is self-denial. Though it is the difficult path, choose the way of the cross. It is the only way that leads to eternal life.

12
Sep
19

Accept His Authority

For you and I to experience all of God’s blessings, we must accept the authority of Jesus Christ. After all, Jesus is in charge. He is not only our Savior, but His is the Lord of all. Whether we accept His authority or not, it does not change the fact that He is ruling and reigning at the right hand of God in power and glory. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:22 (NLT):

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Everything is in submission to Jesus, including creatures far greater than ourselves. Why don’t we recognize the authority of Christ? It is because of our sinful, rebellious nature. We want to be in charge. We want to call the shots. How our lives would change if we were to submit to the authority of Jesus. We would no longer fight against God, but would seek His will instead. We would no longer try to figure out how to lead our own lives, but rather we would let Christ be our leader. Humble yourself today under the authority of Jesus. See what a difference it makes to let Him take control as you navigate through life.




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