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Enough Wrong Normality

1 Peter 4:3-4

'Normal' is a strange English word. Mathematically, it means 'forming a right angle'. Scientifically it means 'conforming to scientific laws'. Chemically, it defines the strength of a solution. Statistically it can mean a mode or an average. Biologically it describes an organism working without any defect. Now, all those definitions assume that something is absolutely right and true. However, socially, 'normal' means 'what is usual' - and that is assumed to be 'what is right' ... even when it is wrong according to God.
 

Spiritual Surprises

1 Peter 4:5-6

Peter has just been describing those who serve and worship their corrupted, sensual appetites (1 Peter 4:3-4). Such people live for today, without thought for eternity.

Spiritual Priority

1 Peter 4:7

As the approach of exams encourages study, and imminent guests spur our hospitality preparations, so reminders about the return of Jesus Christ have always mobilised Christians to get their lives ready to welcome Him. Although we have not been told the details of our life with Him for all eternity, Peter urges us to be clearly aware of all the small details that make up our life now - and make a habit of discussing them all with the Lord. Watching for His return one day, and watching our lifestyle today is Peter's expectation for every Christian.

When Wrong Is Covered Over

1 Peter 4:8

Psalm 32:1 and Romans 4:7 both say "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." The expression 'cove

The Mark Of Hospitality

1 Peter 4:9

This email devotional will be received in 169 countries today. Each nation has its distinctive culture, and some have multiple sub-cultures. For many, but by no means all, hospitality is an important component of social life as it was in Bible times. So why does Peter urge his readers to welcome others into their homes, to provide generously for them and to go out of their way to make them welcome. A clue to the answer is in two words, 'offer' and 'grumbling'.
 

Useful Discipleship

1 Peter 4:10

There are many sad sights in this world. Abandoned vehicles and empty buildings invite the thought, "What a waste!" Worse still are the homeless and hungry who sit without purpose day after day; or the addicts who live only to feed their habit. Although we rejoice to see many Christian ministries giving such people love and hope, there might be an even greater shameful waste within the church. Every person who has been born-again by God's Spirit has been given special gifts/abilities to serve others in this sick world through God's power.

Divinely Powered For God's Glory

1 Peter 4:11

Every follower of Jesus, born-again by His Spirit, has been given special abilities to bring God's truth and love to a sin-sick world. These gifts are given by God, to achieve His purposes through His amazing power. These are God's instruments for spiritual surgery, to bring wholeness to shattered people. But like any surgical instrument, they are tools and not toys. Tools, when correctly used, achieve a specific purpose; but toys are playthings, to amuse the pleasure seeker.

Normal Christianity

1 Peter 4:12

You would think that the display of God's kindness through the faithful service of His people (1 Peter 4:7-11) would stimulate gratitude and praise to God.

Pain Killers

1 Peter 4:13

Some have said that the antidote to the pain of suffering (for the sake of Christ), is prayer. And, depending on what they mean, that is helpful. But so often we base our prayer on a desire to be released from the distress. But as with any pain, the more you focus on it, the worse it feels. True prayer is centred on our Lord and Saviour, in worship and there is a carrier-wave of praise throughout. True prayer recognises the joy ahead of us, and therefore the need to reject feelings of shamefulness which suffering brings.

Blessings With A Difference

1 Peter 4:14

Most Christians assume that blessings are like candy sticks: sweet, long lasting and satisfying. In a way they are, but blessings are more than that. A blessing is a spoken promise of good things to come. Yes, such a proclamation will bring immediate joy, but it is the joy of promise and not yet the greater joy of fulfilment. When God speaks blessings over those who are obedient, we may be confidently joyful now as we anticipate the greater tomorrow.
 

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