Tag Archives: 1 Peter 4:8

For Better, for Worse

Father, what a week it has been! It has been full of its challenges but Your presence has made all the difference. I am so grateful that Karen’s back surgery went so smoothly and that we got home with no problem. In some ways the last several days have been taxing but…I don’t want this to sound corny but…what a privilege it has been to serve my wife! She has cared for me for 31 years (and counting!) and this week I have been blessed to give back, if only for a few days. And I have another whole week to help her in whatever way I can. May I have the heart of a servant as we go through this week. May my love for her be strong, so much so that I cannot help but express it in a multitude of ways. Thank You, Father, for the great blessing of a wonderful helpmate and friend.

Lord, there are so, so many relationships that are on the rocks. Couples bicker and fight and let the smallest of things come between them. Maybe initially it is not too impacting but all too often it multiplies and eventually becomes a wedge between two people who at one point would have done anything for one another.

On June 14, 1986, I vowed to love Karen, “for better, for worse” and that simply does not have an expiration date. I am here for her and she is here for me. We by no means have a perfect relationship but we love each other and as Your word says, “love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8b) Your love is the example by which we live. You forgive, You forget and we move on. Your love is totally unconditional. I don’t live up to that standard in totality but with Your influence and strength, I strive to do so more and more each day. What better investment can I make than in my relationship with my wife?

The first part of verse 8 is my goal,

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other…”

Lord Jesus, may that not only be the goal in my marriage but may it be my goal every day of my life. It is surely a challenge but may I strive “to show deep love“ for everyone that crosses my path. May I live my life as You did. Amen.

Nov 5th, Sun, 7:43 pm

Which Path Will You Take?

Father, thank you so much for the wonderful day yesterday. It was a blessing have Daniel and Renita sharing their talents in ministry. Once again we were shown that Your Word is not stagnant and dead but is truly vibrant and living! The Bible is just as applicable today as it ever has been.

2 Peter 2:4-22 (<<click here)

Most assuredly, Lord, You are a God of Love and you have done marvelous things and sacrificed greatly so that we can be victorious over the sin that wants to trip us up and take us down. All praise to You, our Lord and Savior!

Yes, You are the personification of love itself and we know that, as Peter earlier proclaimed, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8  You are love but You are also holy and just. While we still have breath and until we stand before You at the great judgment, there is always the possibility of forgiveness for our disobedience against you. But once we pass that point of no return our lot is cast. We will have chosen where we stand. If we’ve accepted Christ’s forgiveness and love, and repented of our sins, then we will join him for all eternity. But…if we rejected Christ’s forgiveness and not repented of our sins, then we will be eternally separated from him. We will bring God’s judgment upon ourselves.

2 Peter 2 clearly shows that You extend forgiveness to all but it also shows your judgment if we turn our backs on You. It is totally our choice.

Lord, help us to respond to Your love. Help us to generously share Your love. Help us to diligently proclaim Your love so that all may hear and turn to You. Amen!

Mar 20th, Mon, 6:30 am

Drive the Formula

Thank You, Father, for a good day yesterday both in worship and with family. As this day gets underway several needs come to mind. Several family members are struggling with physical issues today and I would ask that Your hand be upon each person. May Your presence be known. May they have a portion of Your strength. May they be encouraged, knowing that Your children are lifting them up in prayer today. And if it is Your will, please place Your healing touch upon them all. Amen

1 Peter 3:8 (<<click here)

Lord, one of the greatest benefits of being a part of your family is that You set us up to succeed. We are often not successful when we allow “fleshly” – sinful – elements to filter into the mix. But if we keep our eyes on You and off the world we can accomplish great things.

Peter gives us an excellent formula. We are all to be of “one mind” – unified, pursuing the same goals. So many endeavors fall apart because we all have different agendas and quite often we push for things that benefit ourselves. Working together provides a bond and helps us to filter out fleshly elements.

We are called to “sympathize with each other.” Working together in a dedicated fashion we can’t help but see each other – we are drawn together. As we interact, our needs and struggles begin to surface and instead of driving us apart or allowing it to ostracize certain members of the whole; our interactions should enable us to respond with helping hands and receptive hearts to the needs of others.

This unity and sympathy is a natural outpouring of our “love” for “each other.” Love is our motivator and “covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) It’s the glue that holds us together. After all, Lord, Your “are love.” (1 John 4:8)

Another portion of the formula is to “be tenderhearted.” As we love each other, and as we become more and more like You, we become more sensitive to the thoughts and needs of others. And because of that love, our heart’s desire is to meet those needs – to love others not just with words but by what we do, as well.

And lastly, we are to keep “a humble attitude.” Others first, self last. Our desire becomes for others to succeed and to rejoice with them when they do. As John the Baptist states in John the Apostle’s Gospel, You, Lord, “must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) You are to be first and foremost in our lives and as we live out that truth, our goal becomes the same in our relationship with others.

Lord, may this formula drive my actions each and every day with those whom I would interact. May who I am reflect Your presence in my life. Amen.

Jan. 2nd, Mon., 6:27 am