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Mar 26

Day 18 – 1 Peter 3:8-12 Grace Will Get You Where You Need to Be!

8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10For,

   “THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,
MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.
11 “HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;
HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.
12 “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”

Well St. Peter this might be the hardest of your words yet!  These words are so counter-cultural – so opposite from the desire of human nature!

Sounds like we need a saviour to follow these words…

We need THE SAVIOR Jesus to follow His example – to follow HIM!

I was reminded yesterday of the difference between the “I” in me and the “I AM” of Jesus –

We can only act in the way of Jesus by His grace and His strength — He acting in us.

But when we try to be perfect for ourselves… when we look at the commandments as a measure of how righteous we are… for the sake of being righteous… a good  person…

for ME — For the “I” in me… than we have missed the power of the savior in our lives!

The is no longer an “I” in me… but a “Christ” who lives in me… and He is the great

“I AM” — HE IS!

When I can step out of the way and put all my trust in Him — with my YES –

then I can let His grace give me the strength to repay evil with good — and to not allow evil to pass my lips!

I need saving every day… and I look to Jesus who had the power to fight sin — to fight it daily in me!

Where in your life are  you not following the good?

Where in your life have you not surrendered to Jesus?

God bless –