09 Jan 1 peter 4:8 reflection
The Apostle marks the momentousness of his precept: "above all things.". It can only mean, therefore, that charity will cover, or conceal, and forgive the sins which they commit against us. )Let him speak as the oracles of GodThe preaching of the WordAbp.  Peter continually presents Jesus as an example for the Christians in Asia Minor to follow. )Mutual obligationsJ. Love begets love. (John Rogers. People are not seldom anxious to believe that by declining to undertake a certain work they avoid a serious responsibility. It is the condition of receiving it, not its source. John Piper Feb 27, 1994 73 Shares Sermon. Give us the man who can be insulted and not retaliate, meet rudeness and still be courteous; the man who, like the Apostle Paul, buffeted and disliked, can yet be generous and make allowances and say, "I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you the less I be loved." For the most part it is the union of great gifts with diligent work which ensures success; but it has sometimes been otherwise. 1. As long as the mountain and valley exist the inequalities of society will exist; but as in the economy of nature there is no antagonism between the height and the depth, the mountain sending its streams into the valley, and the valley sending its fertility creeping up the mountain side; so there need be no war between rich and poor, between capital and labour, because together they establish that interdependence among men which is essential to the growth and perfecting of all. By this I mean, in the way of delivering it, that it be done gravely and decently. "Are you sure that there is not some other explanation possible for his action?" We have been ever apt to look on the grace of God in one or at most in some few of its aspects only. CONSIDER LASTLY, HOW MANIFOLD AND DIFFERENT THE METHODS IN WHICH YE MAY SERVE YOUR BRETHREN, IN WHICH YE MAY DO THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT YE ARE ABLE. However much you admire another man's gift, and profit by it, there is no call to imitate it. Do we always remember this theory of life? We will first speak, as the most obvious case, of the bestowal of God's grace in the position and opportunities afforded by rank, wealth, and influence among men. As the sun shines not for itself, nor the earth bears for itself; so have not we a gift for ourselves, but for the common good.2. The youth who is first at the bat or the oar; the student who leads his college class; the man who has made a reputation or a fortune in his profession or business, the woman whose grace and accomplishments are the delight of her friends; these, having the grace of Christ in their hearts, are not by these attainments detracting from its power, they are enshrining that grace more worthily; even as a diamond is more fittingly set in a ring of gold than in one of pinchbeck.Links1 Peter 4:8 NIV1 Peter 4:8 NLT1 Peter 4:8 ESV1 Peter 4:8 NASB1 Peter 4:8 KJV1 Peter 4:8 Bible Apps1 Peter 4:8 Parallel1 Peter 4:8 Biblia Paralela1 Peter 4:8 Chinese Bible1 Peter 4:8 French Bible1 Peter 4:8 German Bible1 Peter 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub. Nothing can be clearer than the duty of turning our means and opportunities to good account. We have forgotten its manifoldness. How easily is the remaining sin in us drawn out into exercise by tempting objects, and how full the world is of such objects! Leighton.I. 1. So a Christian heart may be enshrined in such meagre and unworthy human qualities that they detract from the recognition the grace of Christ ought to receive, the impression it should make. The heathen oracles owed all their influence to the belief that prevailed that they were the answers of the god enshrined in his temple.II. What we want is, in one word, that graceful tact and Christian art which can bear and forbear. Barrett. )Personal ChristlinessHomilist.1. His grace is manifold. In fidelity, it is supposed that a man should have a competent insight and knowledge in the Divine oracles, that first he learn before he teach.2. "As every man," etc., and gift is faculty, for which God holds us all directly responsible. People are not seldom anxious to believe that by declining to undertake a certain work they avoid a serious responsibility. 6. Will God be more miser of blessing to spiritual husbandry than to earthly? 1. Jesus told His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As a man's worldly means increase, so his charities ought to increase. (1) This satisfaction doth not only just accompany a charitable action, but it is permanent, and endures as long as our lives. Spiritual gifts are such as we receive through our membership with the mystical body of Christ. If, on the other hand, we are straitened in ourselves, then what wonder that our life should be unprofitable, and that we should scarcely to any degree minister the gift, simply because we receive it so scantily. Here is a profound, collected, there a comprehensive and excursive; here a quick but volatile, there a slow but solid understanding. HOW GREAT IS, FIRST, THE DIVERSITY OF SITUATIONS AMONG MANKIND, AND HOW VARIOUS THEREFORE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE INDUCEMENT TO BE USEFUL TO ONE ANOTHER IN DIFFERENT WAYS! There are other gifts bestowed upon some persons, and withheld from others. Here are corporeal sufferings — weakness, debility, mutilation, decrepitude, pain, sickness, lingering death; there are sufferings of the soul — vexation, trouble, anxiety, grief, dejection, doubt, remorse, pangs of conscience, melancholy, despondency, peril of despair. 1. The end of earthly greatness is at hand. John Piper 1. CHAPTER 4. Darkness would be dissipated, sin would be jostled off the earth, and misery would spread its sable wings and fly away. )Receiving and ministeringJ. But when I was in that country I used to look with much interest on what is generally overlooked — the dwarfed, mutilated, hidden bits of trees, which to a large extent support the clinging vines, and hold them up into the sun. The universe cannot bend itself to your will, therefore look not for too great results. Among our natural gifts some are common to all. )The idea and duty of human lifeW. Literally intense, unremitting, unwearied. Service — tender, considerate, beneficent work for others — ennobles a man, and is the first thing to do so. It has been so in providence, wherein the sustaining grace of God has been revealing itself through successive ages of activity. The test of a Christly life. The wise must help the ignorant. I think it is safe to assume that most people let alone most Christians recognize the praiseworthiness of love.Â In fact I think it is safe to suggest that if you a popular entertainer were in an acceptance speech at one of the many fancy galas were to encourage those in attendance to support the need for more love in the world I think you would get a healthy applause.Â While people might be skeptical about how you were going to achieve such an end.Â I think people generally find the encouragement to love at least in the abstract to be quite a noble end.Â I think it might be helpful at least for believers to come to some sense of why there is this disconnect.Â Why is love lacking?Â Love is lacking not simply because of its absence, but because of the presence of something that complicates our ability to love rightly.Â It is the presence of sin that makes love feels absent.Â Think for a moment about those relationships where you are most prone to be inclined to love.Â It is not even like you have to try to love you have a natural inclination to be lovingâ¦.you childrenâ¦your parentsâ¦.your wifeâ¦your husband.Â Sometimes it is in these relationships that we most struggle to know exactly what it means to be in a relationship of love.Â And the reason for this is because of the presence of sin:Â theirsâ¦and ours. 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