“the end of all things is near. therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins. offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. if anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. if anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”
1 peter 4:7-11
i forgot how i received this scripture. but i jotted it down on the front page of my karen notebook i carry everywhere. i am still worried over a lot of things. today i felt so weak mentally that i thought i should just go home and rest. it’s difficult to describe this feeling into words. i think it is my flesh fighting against the Spirit…the worldly desires battling against God’s will. the Lord is breaking me more and more each day so that He can mold me into the shape He wants.
i love the scripture above, especially about loving DEEPLY. the adverb caught my attention the first time i read it. peter was being specific. i think it captures all the essence of the following instructions: to offer hospitality, to use the God-given gifts to serve, to administer His grace, to speak and serve as led by the Lord.
it is a good reminder as christmas is drawing near. usually, i find myself caught in the midst of busyness during this time of the year. i don’t want it to happen this time. it is my prayer that this scripture will continue to sink into my heart…and that i may live it out the way God wants me to…for at the end of the scripture, peter says, “so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”