Peter pictures Satan as a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Belief in a personal devil, Satan, is often given lip service, but do we really believe it? I suspect we would take Satan more seriously if we could see him roaming the streets looking for victims. On our own we are no match for Satan, but when we take our stand against him in faith, we do not stand alone (2 Kings 6:15-18).
The more we love, the less likely the differences in our personalities and ways of doing things will be to divide us. Instead, we will likely learn to appreciate the differences and find that they actually compliment us and make us more effective in the Lord’s service. Love each other deeply; never think that you love enough.
In Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul talks about the spiritual warfare that we are engaged in, urging us to put on the armor God has provided. In this passage Peter looks at one of the primary weapons of our adversary; our own sinful desires. In my own experience there is no bigger weapon in the enemies arsenal than my own desires.
When we are called to be holy, it is a call to be set apart for God’s use; not to be like everyone else around us. Being holy doesn’t mean we are perfect, it means we are dedicated for God’s use; for him to use as he sees fit. And that is the challenge for us. We want to fit in with the world, we don’t generally like being different. But we are different. So don’t be afraid to act that way.
Have you ever been insulted? I would guess that you have. You might have been insulted because of your physical appearance, your gender, your age, your intelligence, your political leanings, your religious beliefs, or any number of other things that make people different. Insults seem to be a way to allow the insulter to feel better about themselves, expressing superiority over the one being insulted. How do you respond when insulted? I must admit that my initial tendency is to respond with insult. And in my life I have done that more than once or twice. There are other times …