Principles from Peter: Take a Stand Against Sin.

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” -1 Peter 2:11-12

Peter urged the “beloved”, or those who are dear friends loved by God (aka, the Christians in dispersion), to abstain (or resist) the passions of the flesh.  Those “passions of the flesh” are hard to resist.  Those “passions” are often sinful desires that have been justified and allowed to take reign in our lives.

It’s easy to do.

However.

At some point you have to take a stand against sin.

Justification of sin can lead to dysfunction. Dysfunction breads difficulty.  Difficulty distances the relationship with the Savior.  Distance from the Savior leads to sin manifesting more which leads to further justification and the cycle repeats.

Not good.

If the Christians Peter was writing to were going to live in the world, they had to live as aliens among the people.  They had to act different.  They had to talk differently.  They had to take a stand against sin, against the “norms” of the world.  The more the world justified sin, the more the early church had to stand up for biblical truth.  The imitation in their lives had to mirror the image of Christ and Christ alone.

Their testimony for Christ was on the line.

What about you?

The persecution we face is our culture is often minor compared to those in biblical times.  However, we are still called to live as aliens in a world that misunderstands the message of the cross.  While standing strong against sin, both internal and external, is hard to accomplish in times of hardship, it is crucial to living a life controlled by the Holy Spirit.  We must also, in our culture, take a stand against sin.

Our testimony for Christ is on the line.

Peter tells us that our conduct must remain honorable at all times.  Only when we radiate love, mercy, and grace in times of persecution will our accusers see how strong our testimony for Christ stands and how powerful a life lead by the Spirit can be.  Your testimony and opportunity to communicate the message of the cross hinges on your daily actions and responses in everyday life situations.

Personal Application Questions:

  1. Are you taking a stand against sin or are you in a state of justification for your actions?
  2. Is your testimony for Christ effective or are their weakness that you need to capitalize on to be more instrumental in communicating the Gospel?
  3. What will you do today to change?

Think about it.

-jordan

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