March 14, 2023

1 Peter 4:7-11 (HCSB)
7 Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer. 8 Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, [his speech should be] like the oracles of God; if anyone serves, [his service should be] from the strength God provides, so that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Rachel Raley
We need to live well in the time we have. Have you ever been around kids when they are given a 5-minute warning to clean up an area? They stop “lolly-gagging” and race to pick up the biggest items first. We don’t need to be panicked regarding the end of times, but we should be compelled to prioritize the important things in life with a sense of urgency. In this passage Peter reminds us of the important things: prayer and loving each other well. That won’t always be easy, because people are difficult. WE are difficult. Be encouraged if you are having trouble loving certain people. I believe if you aren’t being stretched at all with your love, it might mean you are only spending time with those you like. Don’t give into Satan. One of his greatest schemes is to get us to hate the ones we should be praying for. Let’s pray, love, and live well in the time we have.

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