OYB November 24

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Posted December 17, 2006; back-dated.

Today´s reading:
OT: Ezekiel 47-48
NT: I Peter 2:11-25, I Peter 3:1-7
Ps: Psalm 119:49-64
Pr: Proverbs 28:12-13

Today´s notable verses:

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which 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.

I Peter 2:11-12 (NIV)

I notice two things about the first verse: one, that we have the option/ability to abstain from sinful desires - that is, they do not have ultimate control over us; two, that those sinful desires literally war against the soul. Sin - our sinful nature and desires - is the enemy of the soul. Sin is not something we should take lightly, nor with which we should toy. Don't give sinful desires even a foothold in the mind - don't give it the first thought. See Philippians 4:8 for the things on which our minds should dwell.

On the second verse, it is noteworthy that, whether or not they - or we - know it, we model the Law and Character of God to the world. Would that we live such lives that, when Christ returns, non-believers will recognize that what they saw in us was truly a reflection of our Lord!

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

I Peter 3:7 (NIV)

I spent some time contemplating the wife as the "weaker partner". I think the point here is that it is true that women were created as less physically strong and more emotionally sensitive, but more importantly, men and women are equal in the one area that matters most: spiritually. Men are called to be the head of the relationship, but husbands are to give their wives the love, respect, and consideration due them as equals in standing before God.

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