In today’s reading, Apostle Peter reminds Christians on how to conduct themselves before God and also love the brethren from a fervent and sincere heart seeing that our hearts have been purified through the Holy Spirit.
He went further to advice Christians to stay away from wrong attitudes and grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus. He went on to say that Jesus who was rejected by men is our chief corner stone, chosen by God.
Christians are living stones and have been built up into a spiritual house to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus. We have also been called to proclaim His praises as God’s special people who have obtained mercy.
As Sojourners and pilgrims, Apostle Peter pleaded with Christians to abstain from fleshly lust, conduct themselves honorably among the gentiles and through their good works glorify God. We are also encouraged to submit to authorities because it is the will of God.
As Christians, we have been reminded of our conduct and mustn’t forget that we are God’s special people separated to bring Praises to Him. God should always come first in all we do; before making or taking the step, we need to ask ourselves if God will be glorified.
As God’s special child my conduct will always bring praises to Him
Reading – 1 Peter 1:22 – 2:17
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[a] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[b]
And this is the word that was preached to you.
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[c] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[d]
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”[e]
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[f]
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 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.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.