1 Peter 4
(1-11) Stewards of God’s Grace
As followers of Jesus the Christ, when we do not engage in the same behavior as those who do not yet believe in Him, we should not mind if they don’t ‘get it’. We should be more concerned with what Christ expects of us than other people. After all, we will not have to give an account to them at the end of our lives, but to God.
Our lives should be lived in light of eternity, with the end in mind. As such, we are to be self-controlled and sober-minded, earnestly loving and showing hospitality. We are not to take the grace that God gives us for granted, but should instead manage and care for it by using the gifts He has given us to serve others. If we have the gift of speaking, we are to speak the words God wants us to speak. If we have the gift of serving, we are to serve with the strength of God. If everything that we do is done for Christ, then God is glorified, and nothing we do will be done in vain.
(12-19) Suffering as a Christian
Fiery trials, unwanted sufferings, and hard times should be embraced by us as Christians because we should remember how Christ suffered. If we share in His sufferings, we will also share in His glory when He returns. If we do something wrong and we suffer for that wrongdoing, that is shameful. But if we follow Christ and suffer for His name, that is a blessing. Those who suffer as Christians have nothing to be ashamed of because we know that God is faithful and are trusting in His will.
Favorite verse: (8) Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.