Living in Light of the Day of the LORD
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2 Peter 3:1-18
Perspective is an important aspect of life. It dictates how we approach issues and how we go about our lives, yet often times, we do not take time to analyze what it is we really believe or what our driving force really is. The Apostle Peter is seen in his two epistles to bring out strongly what the key beliefs and tenets of Christianity are, strengthening the believers to nurture and maintain godly belief and conduct.
In the last chapter of the second letter, Peter addresses the teaching on the day of the LORD more directly. This is a subject he alluded to numerous times in his two letters. For instance, in 1 Pet 4:7 he says that, “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray”. Similarly in 2 Pet 2:9 he said, “... the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgement”. These verses are seen to bring out the fact that the end of things and the impending judgement of the wicked associated with the day of the LORD is imminent. This certainly echoes the words of Christ to His disciples especially in Matthew 24 and 25. Words that Peter had heard Jesus express and now had become a strong part of how he viewed life.
Looking at our passage of reflection, a number of things stand out. When we live in light of the Day of the LORD we:
- Demonstrate the certainty and the confidence we have in God’s word (VV 3-7).
- Are motivated to embrace repentance and live godly lives (vv 11-12).
- Nurture the view that life as we know it is temporal and hence the need to be alert and sober (v 13).
- We hold on to the fact that God has the final word regardless of the challenges that may come our way.
Almighty God, enable us to live this life in light of your imminent appearing. We pray that we will not be put to shame when You come to judge the living and the dead as we purpose to live our lives for You. In Christ’s Name we pray. Amen.
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On June 22, United Adoration is hosting an online song-sharing session. Pray for good collaborations that bring lyrics, melodies, instrumentation and arrangements together; for boldness to attend; for encouragement as songwriters share; for Christ to be at the centre.
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