The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:7-11)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Here Peter offers a perspective that is helpful to us as we endure times of suffering and hardship, which is that the end of all things is near. As Christians, we put our hope in the return of Jesus Christ when all things will be restored. This hope should inform everything we do and help us maintain our love for one another. Sometimes the hardships of life overwhelm us, and we can easily lose our spiritual sight in the fog of human suffering. Peter’s gentle reminder can help bring things back into focus.
Lord, instill in my heart the hope for your return. Remind me that you are surely coming soon. Let this great truth strengthen me to endure the trials of this life. Let it move me to works of love and kindness.