We all have a desire to really live. The more common axiom is “to live life to the fullest”. We all want to get the most out of life. But by what standard do we measure our “really living”. We live in a culture that demands the immediate, that thrives in the moment, and strives for self.
1 Peter reminds us that really living is a result of living with great expectation. Really living is remaining faithfully steadfast through every circumstance. Really living is holy obedient living in reverence for God. Really living is demonstrating bold Christian love and character that becomes our defence to those around us.
In the midst of suffering and persecution Peter encourages us to really live as Jesus lived – a life full of grace and love (1 Pet. 2:21-25). Our greatest testimony to the world we live in is to be a “good” different that will make the life of Jesus attractive.
I Peter gives remarkable insight into the impactful difference we can be in our world simply by the example of our lives and gentle and respectful way we treat others.
“It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name! (1 Peter 4:16)