1 Peter 4:1-11
Read Colossians 1:21-22 to see how Christ transforms the lives of people who trust in Him. Read John 15:13 to see why Jesus is a true friend to His followers.
Why is it important to form Christian friendships? What kinds of attitudes and activities might you need to leave behind in order to live for Jesus?
Say the word glacier and most of us think of something massive and slow-moving. One group of Alaskan tourists, however, witnessed a jaw-dropping surprise when a 200-foot-tall chunk of ice broke away from a glacier.
One passenger aboard the Tracy Arm Fjords Tours boat captured a video clip of the “mini” iceberg plunging into the water. It created forceful waves and shot projectiles in all directions—some of which skipped over the surface of the water and hit the boat.
Choosing to follow Christ means breaking away from our old way of living. The process can be a dramatic event. Peter described living for Christ like this: “You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2). This new direction in life may cause “former friends [to be] surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do” (1 Peter 4:4). As a result, we may experience:
Loneliness—When friends stop being friendly, remember that God “is with you. He will not fail or forsake you” (1 Chronicles 28:20).
Temptation—Old habits die hard, but God “will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Condemnation—The past has a way of interrupting the present, but “there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). The Spirit’s power frees us from the power of sin.
Living for Christ often involves enduring hardship (2 Timothy 2:3), but it also proves that we are truly His. When our lifestyle honors God, we can show His goodness to others because He has called us “out of the darkness into His wonderful light”! (1 Peter 2:9).
NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: John 12:1-11
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