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To Sum Up, Let All Be Harmonious

October 6, 2014

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To Sum Up,  Let All  Be Harmonious

The apostle Peter  was a married man.     We know that because Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law.     (Matthew 8:14)     So, Peter needed  to handle  the responsibilities  of a family  —  and his work  as an apostle.      On the other hand,  Paul was not married,  but he also understood  that in Christ  we must live together  in harmony  —  as a family  —  and as a church.

In 1 Peter 3,  Peter talks about husbands and wives  living together  in harmony.     There is mention of submission,  living  to be  on the same page  with a true faith  in God,  chastity,  good behavior,  the hidden qualities  of the heart,  gentleness,  understanding,  respect,  and honor.     Then 1 Peter 3:8-9  says,

To sum up,  let all  be harmonious,  sympathetic,  brotherly,  kindhearted,  and humble  in spirit;  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.

All  of these qualities  of being  are actually ways  of being more  like our heavenly Father.     They are imitating  the love  that the LORD  has shown  to us.     It is because  we realize  God’s love  for all  of us  that we come  to love  our neighbor  as ourselves.     So,  Paul teaches  in Galatians 3:28,

There is neither Jew  nor Greek,  there is neither slave  nor free man,  there is neither male  nor female;  for you are all one  in Christ Jesus.

We are not  to look down  on anyone  for their station  in life.     Neither are we  to imagine  that we are demeaned  by our station  in life.     Rather,  we are all  to live  to God’s glory  —  whatever our station  in life  —  appreciating God’s love  for us all.     James 4:6-7 gets down  to the nitty-gritty  by saying,

But  He gives  a greater grace.     Therefore it says,  “God is opposed  to the proud,  but gives grace  to the humble.”     Submit therefore  to God.     Resist the devil  and he will flee  from you.

Whoever  we are  —  in whatever  life situation  we live  —  we must humbly  “Submit therefore  to God”.     It is a submission  of love  and honor.     We can trust  that God knows  our situation.     He knows our faith,  love,  intentions,  and desires.     He will work  all things  for our good,  as Romans 8:28 says,

And we know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according to His purpose.

Rejoicing  in God’s love  and wisdom,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  as Your beloved children,  lead us  to live  to Your glory.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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