What I Read Today:
1 Peter 3-4; Acts 17; Micah 2; Psalm 45; 1 Chronicles 26; Genesis 48
As I was reading 1 Peter 3 and 4 this morning, I started thinking about Peter. Remember when we first met him in the Gospels? He was the brash fisherman. Bragadocious and full of bluster. He hopped out of the boat and then began to sink. Peter said he’d die for Jesus then denied he knew him.
You get an image of Peter as a young man from the Gospels.
Reading here in 1st Peter, you see a different person. A person who’s lived a tough life. One who’s given his life for Jesus. He’s been in jail and attacked by Jewish leaders. He’s witnessed the Gospel take hold around the Mediterranean. Peter saw the faith spread outside of Judea and Samaria and spread into Europe.
Now Peter is nearing the end of his life. As we read, you can see he’s softened. He hasn’t compromised his message. But God has removed some of the rough edges from him.
There is a constant theme in chapters 3 and 4 about how Christians are to treat others. Here are some of the words that Peter uses:
- Unity of Mind
- Brotherly Love
- Tender Heart
- Humble Mind
- Gentleness and Respect
- Self Controlled
- Sober Minded
- Above all, keep loving one another earnestly as love covers a multitude of sins.
- Stop grumbling
- Glorify God
Peter’s writings show a man who has changed. A man who has grown closer to God. A man who knows his mission is to bring the Gospel to more and more people.
As you and I get older, we should make it our goal to emulate Peter. We should be the ones who seek ways to be peacemakers. Our goal should be to grow ever closer to God and to love our neighbor more each day.
Think of the examples of some of our elders in our churches. Think of the ones who are the encouragers. I can think of many, Dennis, Judy, Bill, Norm, Norma, Phillis, Milt, Larry, and others.
Some are gone home to be with their heavenly father. Others continue encouraging people today.
Let that be our life’s goal.