God's Impossible Standard

TNIV Scripture for Thursday, August 28, 2008 [1 Peter 3:8-11]

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, 'Whoever among you would love life and see good days must keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

God's Impossible standard demands that you keep on appropriating His on-going grace or the power of Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is only as you empty yourself each day of your fleshly self and put on the character and grace of Christ that you can begin to live in the manner described in 1 Peter 3:8-11. This is the amazing truth of the grace of Jesus Christ who was rich and became poor so that you who are poor could become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). However, you must go regularly to the throne of grace through prayer to exchange your poverty for His riches to live godly (2 Corinthians 9:8). May you spend much time at His throne today giving Him your inability so that He may fill you with His grace and His reflection may shine out of your life.

His Reflection (Grace)
Enables you to:
     be like minded
     be sympathetic
     love one another
     be compassionate and humble
     not repay evil with evil or insult with insult
     repay evil with blessing
     keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech
     Turn from evil and do good
     seek peace and pursue it

Beth Warlick, 8/28/2008