Greetings my friends. It is Sunday August 21ST 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.
This week marks the 16TH anniversary of the start of my salvation. I was rescued and saved by my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ 16 years ago. It’s when my life changed forever. If it weren’t for God’s salvation – I wouldn’t be here today. This blog wouldn’t exist. I probably wouldn’t be physically alive today. God saved my life. I thank Him with each new day of this fantastic journey.
A couple of Sundays ago I preached my sermon – “Honor & Respect” – to my church family. It’s based on 1 Peter 2:10-2:25.
Last #SundayScripture I began presenting it in its original written form. Here’s Part 2 of this multi-part series:
We live in a world that’s hostile to our God and His followers – His church. And we have all experienced persecution over and over again along our journey.
But the Bible says that we are blessed when we are persecuted because of righteousness. Rejoice, and be glad in it. We must love our enemies. We must pray for those who persecute us. We must ask for strength and wisdom from our God so that we can react in a godly way. Don’t persecute those who persecute you.
I last preached from the First Letter Of Peter at the end of February, so picking-up where I left-off in my last message – as the Bible says (1 Peter 2:10):
“Once you had no identity as a people. Now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy. Now you have received God’s mercy.”
Before we accepted the LORD into our life we had no identity – other than our name and our address. We were just like everyone else. We were of this world. We belonged to this world. This world owned us. We received no mercy.
But now we are God’s people. We belong to God. We have received God’s mercy. What’s God’s mercy ? It’s His goodness. It’s His kindness towards us – even though we don’t deserve it. It’s unmerited favor. God gave us grace and mercy with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. His mercy appeared at our salvation. For me – His mercy appeared – 16 years ago – in a couple of weeks. And mercy is always victorious over judgement.
Dear friends – I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (2:11)
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. (2:12)
You know it’s tough being a Christian. If it were easy – then everyone you know would be a Christian. But you know – that most of the people that you know – don’t know God. And some of those people that you know – know that you know God. So they are watching you. Those people that you know – that know – that you know God – they are watching you like a hawk – especially the ones who are defiant towards God. See some of our neighbors and coworkers and friends and even members of our own immediate and extended family – some of them just don’t care who or what we believe in as Christians. Some of those people just think that we’re crazy or wacky or loony – for believing a God who we can’t see.
“Hey look at that wackadoodle over there – with his arms held high towards the sky – talking to nobody.”
You know – I don’t mind being called a wackadoodle – if it means that when my temporary time here on Earth is done – that I’ll spend eternity with my God in Heaven. I don’t care what you call me.
(End of Part 2)
If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !
Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:
The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
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