Daily Devotion for June 1, 2017

'1 Peter 4:7-9 NAS Reminders'

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

As we look at these few verses...

1) Let us Believers be reminded that “the end of all things is NEAR!”  Specifically, the world, our troubles, our sorrows, and time will end SOON! Each moment is one step closer to the appointed time for everything to be swallowed up in endless eternity! Each tick of the clock brings us nearer to the final separation of “the sheep from the goats,” where the lost “will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life” (Matthew 25:32,46)! We quickly approach our appointed time to face our Savior, folks...and we are running out of time to reach our lost loved ones, friends, enemies, coworkers, world...

2) Let us also remember that we Believers are to “be of sound judgment!” “Sound judgment” means we are choosing to follow our Lord—our minds are firmly fixed on pursuing our Savior. Because “the end of all things is near,” we discipline ourselves to read God's Word, to apply His truths to every area of our lives, to live as His lights, and we strive to grow more like Christ through the Spirit's enabling—so our actions, words, and choices are “sound” in Him!

3) Moreover, we need to have “sober spirit(s) for the purpose of prayer!” Through prayer we watch over our own spirits! Through prayer we keep the enemy at bay! Through prayer “the appetites and inclinations of the body are restrained and governed by God’s Word and true reason” (Matthew Henry)! Through prayer we are made aware of Spirit-given opportunities to go forward or wait, to speak or remain silent, to do or not do, and to minister! The Lord moves through prayer, folks—so we must keep our spirits sober and dedicated to “prayer!”

4) “Above all,” we must “keep fervent in (our) love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” We Christians are to have a strong affection for one another, a desire for the welfare of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we must heartily endeavor to promote it. Our love for each other is to be sincere, strong, protecting, and lasting. Furthermore, our love for one another inclines us “to forgive and forget offenses against (ourselves, and) to cover and conceal the sins of others rather than aggravate them and spread them abroad. It teaches us to love those who are weak, who have been guilty of many evil things before their conversion; (fervent love) prepares (us) for mercy at the hand of God, who (has) promised to forgive those (who) forgive others” (Matthew Henry).

Heavenly Father, since “The end of all things is near,” we ask that You keep transforming us through Your Word and Spirit so we are increasingly “of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep (us) fervent in (our) love for one another...love” like Yours that “covers a multitude of sins.” We ask this in Your Son's name Lord, for Your glory as the end draws near...

AMEN!!!

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