Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's Urgent! (1 Peter 4:17-19)

Today’s scripture: 1 Peter 4:17-19

Today’s verses hurt my heart. Peter asks, “… what will become of the godless man and the sinner?” The answer is, he’ll be eternally separated from God.

We all know people who aren’t followers of Christ (my greatest burden on earth far above health issues is my sweet husband’s lack of faith), and verses like these should urge us to share the wonderful truth of salvation with them, as lovingly as we can. They will face judgment. They will spend eternity apart from Creator God.

We need to pray for softened hearts—every day. We need to reflect Christ by being loving, patient, peaceful, gentle, kind. We need to remember that we could very well be the only example of Christ they see.

Wow. I don’t know about you, but that makes the preceding verses even more convicting. We need to obey God. We need to live according to His commandments. We need to consistently spend time with Him, learning more, becoming more whom He created us to be.

Yes, the bottom line is it’s between our unbelieving friends and God. We cannot save them. But we can be salt and light to a dark world, especially to those closest to us.

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