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20
Aug
19

True Beauty

Our world is obsessed with the outward appearance. We love brand names and bling. We want to look our best, sometimes even at the expense of feeling our best. Peter, when talking about wives, says that you should be focused more on inner beauty than outward appearances. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT):

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

We sometimes use the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts” as an insult, don’t we? We’ll say things like, “They have a nice personality.” What are we really saying? They’re not much to look at, but they’re really nice. We’re so obsessed with the outward appearances that we neglect the inner beauty that God values most. Just because Peter doesn’t mention men doesn’t mean that we can’t be obsessed with our appearances, either. God judges our hearts, both men and women. Outer beauty doesn’t get you into Heaven. God judges the heart because it really is what’s on the inside that counts.

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19
Aug
19

Winning Your Husband Over

In 1 Peter 3, the apostle Peter turns his attention to various groups of people in the church. He first writes to Christian wives, some of whom had unbelieving husbands. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:1-2 (NLT):
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
He says that godly wives must accept the order of authority God had instituted in the household. God has given the husband the responsibility of leading his family. Rather than trying to usurp his authority, a wife is to support her husband as he leads the family. But what about situations where a husband doesn’t follow Jesus and he doesn’t lead his family spiritually? The goal of every believer should be to point those within our sphere of influence to Jesus. Wives, if your husband doesn’t believe in Jesus yet, you should be trying to win him over by the way that you live. The temptation may be to leave, but your responsibility is to love. Love your husband unconditionally into a relationship with Jesus. When he sees how God’s love has changed your life, he’ll want to know the Savior, too.
16
Aug
19

Turning To The Shepherd

Have you ever gotten lost? I mean, really lost. I mean so lost that you weren’t sure if you were ever going to find your way. Sometimes this happens to us spiritually. We wander away from God and the next thing we know, we’re lost. Peter talked about this. He wrote in 1 Peter 2:25 (NLT):

Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.

When we wander away like little lost sheep, we need to turn. To whom do we turn? We turn to our Shepherd. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He cares about all of His sheep. He knows when we’re wandering. He sees us when we’re lost. He knows right where we are. It is up to us to turn to Him. Peter calls Him the Guardian of our souls. He is not only our provider. He is also our protector. He comes after us as a shepherd would go after his lost sheep. In those days, a shepherd was financially liable for every sheep under his watch. Jesus takes His role as Shepherd very seriously. He doesn’t want to lose a single lamb to the destruction of this world. If you feel lonely, lost and afraid, don’t waste another moment. Turn to your Shepherd and find Him waiting to receive you with open arms.

15
Aug
19

He Carried Our Sins

Jesus went to the cross and suffered and died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He not only carried the cross, but Peter says that He actually carried our sins. He wrote in 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT):

He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.

Sin no longer has mastery over us. We don’t have to be slaves to sin any more. Will we still sin? Yes we will. Will God still forgive us? Yes He will. We may think that we are powerless against temptation and sin. That’s not true! God gives us the power to resist the temptation to do the wrong things and to do the right things instead. Jesus carried all of our sins to the cross and when He died, so did our sins. We have been healed and made whole by the scars in His hands and feet. He conquered sin and the grave to free us from sin’s power and the power of the grave. Live in that power today!

14
Aug
19

Retaliation

Jesus is our model and example of patience in the face of suffering. He suffered greatly on the last day of His life. He was mocked and insulted. He was beaten and tortured. He was crucified and killed. Yet He did not seek revenge nor did He call down fire from Heaven on those who were killing Him even though He could have done so. Peter says in 1 Peter 2:23 (NLT):
He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
The prophet Isaiah wrote about Jesus hundreds of years before His life. Isaiah 53:7 (NIV) says:
He was oppressed and afflicted,

yet he did not open his mouth;he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

    so he did not open his mouth.
Jesus could have retaliated, yet He chose to suffer in silence. He chose death so that we could have life. He trusted God the Father with His life. We should do the same. If you suffer unjustly for your faith or integrity, do not retaliate or seek revenge. Instead, let God fight your battle for you and judge those who wrong you. He is not blind to your situation or circumstances. He knows and He will have the final word.
13
Aug
19

Jesus Never Sinned

Did you realize that Jesus never sinned in any way? There are many, including some of His followers, who believe that Jesus was just another imperfect human being. That’s not true! He never sinned. This is what the apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:22 (NLT):

He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.

There are two truths you need to know based on this verse. First, because Jesus never sinned, He was the perfect, unblemished sacrifice who could take away our sins once and for all. When Jesus went to the cross, He was an acceptable and pleasing sacrifice to God the Father for our sins. If Jesus had sinned, He could not have taken our sins away.
Second, Jesus never lied. Here’s the good news about that truth: He still doesn’t. Jesus’ promises are as true now as they ever were. When He says He will be with us, it’s true. When He says He will forgive us, it’s true. When He says He will come back to take us to live with Him forever, it’s true. Jesus is Truth. He never lied and He still doesn’t. We can count on our perfect Savior to keep His word and to keep His promises.

02
Aug
19

Following Christ’s Example

Jesus, the righteous Son of God, always did the right thing, even though it meant suffering. As His followers, we are called to follow His example. The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:21 (NLT):
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
We must strive to do good in every situation, even if we suffer for it. Will we ever suffer the way that Jesus suffered? We may or we may not. If we don’t suffer as He did, then shouldn’t that mean that we should strive to do good even more? If we are following Christ’s example, then we must do good everywhere we go. It starts at home. We should do good for our spouses and children. We are also to do good at work for our co-workers. We should do good at church and in our communities. Followers of Christ should be characterized by doing good. Too often we are known for the wrong things instead of doing good for all people. How can you do some good today and for whom? Look for those opportunities to do good and follow the example of Jesus.



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