Love Has No Enemies

Love. People seem to talk a lot about love when there is much conflict, and there is much conflict these days. It’s post-Presidential election and the conflict has only gotten worse. We fight about whether we fight against terrorists or if we fight against various degrees of Islam, all of this in the name of love of country. Police are killing citizens, citizens are killing police, citizens are killing citizens. Some argue about which color lives matter while others say we need to just love one another, sometimes they say both at the same time. To top it all off, its football season. Lest you think that is an attempt at lightening the mood, which it is, it’s also the source of very serious conflict as long as players take a knee during the national anthem. Some people express their love for these players while other a profound lack of love. While studying to teach 2 Peter 1:2-11 which was written to Christians living in a world in conflict, I read about love. As I was pondering love, a new-to-me thought popped into my head; love, for its part, has no enemies.

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5 Things You Need For A Quality Quiet Time

Quiet time. Devotions. Daily devos. Bible time. Prayer time. Bible reading. QT. O.O.O.W.G. (One On One With God, pronounced “ooowg”). If you’ve been a Christian any length of time you’ve probably at least heard one of these phrases. Hopefully you have your own, whatever you call it. It’s a time set aside to read your Bible and pray. If you are one who has a consistent discipline of doing this, good for you. Keep it up. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or you do and you really struggle with it like I do, then keep reading.

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1 Peter 2:4-10 God’s Chiseled Body

Highlights

  • Are you/we coming to Him or are you just around Him?
  • Living stone – lively, active, enduring, not dead, inactive. In this context a building stone, chiseled and shaped.
  • “When I look at the stone I see the finished sculpture. My job is to clear away the extra bits.” Thatʼs what God does with us.
  • As the church we rest on the strength of others, while others rest on us. We are Godʼs chiseled body. God is the architect.
  • All of this is collective, a community.
    • WE are the stones in the house. We need to receive and give strength to one another. Canʼt do that unless we make it a priority. Submissive rock? Whose house?
    • WE are the priesthood. Our lives are completely given over to serving Him, glorifying Him, and leading others into the same.
    • Personal relationship, not individualistic. Not my faith on my terms. No lone stone can claim to be part of the building.
  • We are being chiseled by God into something that brings Him glory.

1 Peter 2:1-3 What Babies Can Teach Us About Following Jesus

Highlights

  • Babies innocent and incapable of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking.
  • They long for unadulterated, unmixed (opposite of list above), milk of the word, pure spiritual milk.
  • They grow up.
  • Reminded to desire the pure word of God instead of the junk food of the flesh.

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1 Peter 1:22-25 New Life Means New Living

Highlights

  • Fear not only drives us away from the truth, it drives us away from one another. Truth drives us to faith, hope, and to love one another.
  • When we are in trials and trouble we shouldnʼt go back to the world and especially should not isolate ourselves from the Body.
  • Reminder – Godʼs word equips us with the truth and the reality of who and what we are in God because of what Who Jesus is and what Jesus did. Live by faith in the truth of that hope.