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1 Peter 5

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The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

1 Peter 5:1-4

Perhaps more than any other passage, 1 Peter 5:1-4 perfectly describes the shepherding work of the ministry of Christ. Peter, though he was no doubt well respected and honored by the early church, saw himself as a fellow elder in the church. And as an elder, he exhorts others, that also occupy the role, to shepherd God’s people in a way that glorifies the Chief Shepherd, and anticipates His reward in the future.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 4

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For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

— 1 Peter 4:3

God is able to restore the years that the locust have eaten (Joel 2:25), but God’s grace and restorative power is no reason to allow the enemy to continue to decimate the fruitfulness that could be produced in your life.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 3

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Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;

– 1 Peter 3:8

By (our fallen) nature we are divided. But in Christ we are joined as one. Therefore, we must seek—by the enabling power of the Spirit—to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We must endeavor to be of one mind, and in the areas were we differ and disagree, to exalt compassion for one another over the carnal ambition to be right.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 Peter 2

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as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

– 1 Peter 2:2

There is no better way to grow as a disciple of Christ than to desire and devour the pure milk of God’s Word.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 1

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… who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

– 1 Peter 1:5

We, by God’s grace, are kept, by God’s power, as we trust in Him and His promised redemption that shall come when all is wrapped up and finished.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 Peter 5

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Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

– 1 Peter 5:6-7

What is weighing you down today? What cares are causing you anxiety and stress? Have you rolled those things off of your shoulders and into the hands of the Lord? No? Why not? He says, “Come to me all of you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

It’s time to cast your cares and burdens upon the Lord!

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Peter 4

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And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

– 1 Peter 4:8-10

The “one another’s” of the Bible are an essential aspect of our new life in Christ. Here we have 3 powerful and important “one another’s” … “Love for one another,” “be hospitable to one another,” and “minister (your gift) to one another.” We could literally spend weeks considering and unpacking the “one another’s” of the Bible, and it would be time well spent.

In what ways are you working to fulfill these in your life?

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

 

1 Peter 3

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For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

– 1 Peter 3:17

It’s not good to suffer! I hate suffering. I hate it personally and I hate seeing others suffer, too. Some Christians seem to try to positively confess that, either, they’re not actually suffering, or that the suffering they’re suffering is actually something good. Suffering isn’t good!

But it is certainly better to suffer if God has some will, purpose and plan in and through it than to suffer for doing something wrong or stupid.

Remember, some suffering is actually for the glory of God (John 11:4).

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 Peter 2

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For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

– 1 Peter 2:25

It’s good for the Christian to remind him or herself of what they once were verses what they now are, in Christ. We once were sheep going astray. But we now are the flock of the Good Shepherd, the overseer of our souls.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 Peter 1

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Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

– 1 Peter 1:13

During the closing song of our 3rd service this last Sunday (about 12:30 pm) my executive pastor approached me to let me know about the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The high-flying joy of the message I’d just preached was instantly grounded by the reality of the brokenness of the world we live in.

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, there’s every reason to be continuously pessimistic. But James here encourages the Christian saying “rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Regularly bombarded by the sadness of this sin-riddled world, we still have an optimistic vision of the future, because someday Jesus is going to return and graciously make all things new!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon