1 Peter 2:11-12 – Does Your Conduct Reflect Christ?

by Kathy

 

1 Peter 2 11

 

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.  Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.  1 Peter 2: 11-12

It is so easy isn’t it to settle in with the world’s ways and begin looking like everyone else?  We feel the pull within our hearts to pursue passions which allow us to emulate, belong, fit in, or feel accepted.  As I read these verses, I considered that Peter is teaching us to have a different perspective.  We are to look like a traveler that doesn’t belong in the country he/she is visiting.  Here are few things these verses made me think about:

  • We are to keep in mind that we are simply travelers who are staying briefly in a foreign land.
  • We’ll make better progress on our journey to our final home if we are not encumbered by things of this world.
  • We must not allow ourselves to be controlled by things that cause us to sin.
  • We must make sure our conduct is one that glorifies God, even when we are accused wrongly or feel that injustice has been committed against us.
  • When our inner life is under control, then our outer life will honor the Lord.
  • When we have our eyes on fleshly things, we take our eyes off the ways we glorify God – and that is sickness to our souls.
  • Our words carry more weight when backed up with godly actions.

When we pursue living godly lives, we are going to have people stop and notice.   Some may choose to avoid us, insult us, and accuse us.  Some may encourage us to pursue passions that will hinder our journey.  We must stay alert to this and continue the journey with our eyes fixed on the Lord.  As we do, some will be eternally impacted and glorify God with you.

Think about all the people you do life with an a daily basis.  Does your conduct with these people reflect that Christ lives within you and the eternal destiny He has called you to?  What adjustments do you need to make in your conduct?  Bear in mind that we are God’s ambassadors in the world today.  Let’s live to fulfill our mission for His glory!

Have a grace full week living intentionally to honor God in all you do and say ~

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