January 22, 2020 – I Peter 2:15-17

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:15-17.

The beginning of this chapter says, Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.  verses 1-2. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6.

Jesus Christ left us an example of endurance through suffering for us.  So great is His Love for us. We are to follow in His Steps.   Each day, each moment we are given the opportunity to whom we will serve.  Choose this day whom you will serve, is what Joshua told the people.

We choose to serve Him, and not to be served.  What can we do to show our love? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37,39. This touches every part of our lives and affects the words we say, the actions we do, and even that our thoughts are pleasing in His sight.  

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this, you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps. I Peter 2:19-21.