by Jane Smith 11 August 2022
1 Peter 1:13-23
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:” Be holy, because I am holy.”
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
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The words of the passage from the Bible and the words of the song encourage us in our faith to be more holy and Christlike. The vision is for a world transformed by the activity of God through His people, a world which pleases Him rather than breaks His heart.
Let us pray
Please give us the strength to endure our situation and to find the blessings and lessons it contains. Please give us the endurance to continue ahead and open our hearts to changes you want to make. Please guide our thoughts, words and actions so that we walk your path of peace, love and holiness.