1 Peter 4:1-6
Focused Text: 1 Peter 4:1-2
According to Peter, we have two simple options when it comes to how we live our lives. We either take up arms in the battle against our sin, intent on living in God’s will, or we raise a white flag of surrender and give in to the desires of our sin nature. These two choices are not equal in the quality of life they produce—one is rooted in obedience and the other in disobedience. But how do we move forward in obedience?
In our text, Peter commands that we “arm” ourselves (in the sense of preparing for battle) against sin by conforming our thinking to Jesus’ example—namely that we consider suffering the “loss” of fleshly gratification to be preferable to giving in to our sinful passions as they arise.
What’s the point of arming ourselves in such a way? As we’ve seen before, it cultivates an ever-increasing obedience to the God who saved us, resulting in an ever-increasing quality of life (see Weeks 2 & 8 for review).
Take some time to think or talk through the following questions with a view to applying the passage in your own life.
- What are some situations where I find myself consistently giving in to the temptation to sin?
- What are some specific things I can do to begin arming myself with the example of Christ?