Practical Advice

Harry Buis

READ : 1 Peter 4:7-11

This world is coming to an end. That truth should be motivation to godly living. Such living includes prayer (v. 7). How much time do you spend in prayer each day? Unclear thinking and lack of self discipline hinder prayer, and therefore must be corrected. Christians should have great love for each other (v. 8). Is such love being expressed in your church, or is there bickering? Be a peacemaker, promote loving relationships between church members.

Love expresses itself by being gracious hosts (v. 9). Do you invite people to your home as an expression of concern for them? Is there a new family in your church who needs to know they are welcome? Are there lonely people who need to know you care?

God has given every Christian one or more abilities to be used for the benefit of our fellow church members (v. 10). What is your gift? Are you using it to help other Christians?

We are to speak up, but we are to be sure that what we are saying is in line with Scripture (v. 11). We are to be involved in service, leaning on the promise that God will give us the strength to do what we need to do. What is your motivation for activity within the church? Is it to receive praise? That is the wrong motive. God is the one who should receive the praise (v. 11).

PRAYER

Father, give me to grace to live, not for self, but for You and for others. Through Christ. Amen.