A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Good morning! Welcome to today’s Daily Dose of Good News! It is May 26. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and you had a chance to maybe rest and enjoy that, enjoy the weather, and maybe have a slight change of scene. We are reading 1 Peter today, 4:7-11.
The end of all things is near;  therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
I think this passage, initially reads somewhat like an instruction manual, especially at the beginning, where it says “be serious and discipline yourself for the sake of your prayers”. And at first glance, that was a little perplexing to my ear. What do you mean for the sake of our prayers? But as I reflected on that, I thought about how when we pray to God, God’s not a genie that’s just going to answer our every whim, and wish, and do whatever we say. We’re not the ones that are in charge. So, a lot of times in our prayers, while God is full of grace and mercy and help, God also may require something of us. So that’s where we need to be serious and be disciplined, and do what God is calling and asking us to do. So then, there’s some specifics in this passage. Specifically about the way we speak to one another and how we serve one another, and that our speech should be like the words of God. Which is a heavy burden to carry, right? That feels like a very stringent standard. So, that may make everyone think we should be really careful with our words. Maybe even be more reserved with our words. Maybe not let them flow quite so easily or so freely!
Likewise, in the serving, there’s an instruction manual component of that. Do the components that you have been given as gifts, of how you are to serve. Do those with the strength that God provides. I appreciated that part- “through the strength that God supplies”. So that God is glorified. So it takes the focus off of us, being a martyr of: “Look at all that I did” or that complaining type of martyr that we can do, or I can do, of: “I’m exhausted, look at all I did for you”. But it says, don’t complain about what you’re doing. Do it within the strength with which God provides. So if you’re starting to feel like you’re at your max, of the strength that God has provided, stop! So I think those are good instructions and good guidance for us on how to live.
But above all, above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. I think it’s good to think of that in two ways. First to think of how that covers a multitude of sins for those around us. So, to remember to be loving and forgiving and gracious to those around us. Because our love for them helps us get over the things they’re doing that are sinful that might frustrate us. But I think it’s also good to remember that’s how God sees us. That God’s love covers a multitude of our sins. And in this text, which might read a bit like an instruction manual at the beginning, it’s a good reminder that we’re not going to do it perfectly. We’re going to mess up at times and God seems ok with that. Because God’s love covers a multitude of our sins. It reminds me of the passage in Genesis, chapter 9, where Noah plants a vineyard. I appreciate that passage, that it says, something like, Noah was the first one to plant a vineyard. Which indicates maybe Noah didn’t quite know what he was getting into…. and so in the next sentence or two, it says: Noah became drunk from partaking in the vineyard. In that, he gets undressed and he’s either in the tent or right outside of his tent. He has three sons, one of the sons sees his Dad naked. He goes and tells the other two. The other two come to where their Dad is, and they each have a cloak or covering that they’re carrying at their shoulders, and they back up to where their Dad is, and they turn their faces away so they don’t see their Dad, and they cover their Dad. In essence, they’re covering his sin of drunkenness, and that’s their love. They’re being loving in that, but they’re covering that. That doesn’t mean that he didn’t sin, that doesn’t mean anything besides the fact that love covers it, love takes care of it, love is a big component of what resolves our sins. So, God, in all of God’s love, sent Jesus to die on the cross to cover our sins. So that we’re covered with the blood of Jesus. So, I think it’s just a great reminder for us, that we’re covered! So we don’t have to do it perfectly, because even if we don’t do it perfectly- we’re covered in the love of God. And, in that, let us also cover one another. Enjoy the day everybody. Take care.