The Bible passage for prayer, meditation, and reflection for the week of November 12-18, 2017, is 1 Peter 4:1-5. As you read this passage, keep in mind that the author, Peter, witnessed Jesus’ life and His suffering.
So, since Christ suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God]. For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God], so that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires, but [he lives] for what God wills. For the time that is past already suffices for doing what the Gentiles like to do—living [as you have done] in shameless, insolent wantonness, in lustful desires, drunkenness, reveling, drinking bouts and abominable, lawless idolatries. They are astonished and think it very queer that you do not now run hand in hand with them in the same excesses of dissipation, and they abuse [you]. But they will have to give an account to Him Who is ready to judge and pass sentence on the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:1-5, AMP)
Are you sure this was written by Peter nearly 2,000 years ago?! Are you sure?! Peter’s words are just as applicable today as they were then. As a fairly recent college graduate, Peter seems to be describing the college scene perfectly. Unfortunately such behavior is not limited to colleges. Its beginning earlier and earlier and often such behavior is continued once graduated. Christian ideas and values are smirked at and called old-fashioned, but we are not to concern ourselves with what other’s think. We need only consider the Lord. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, consider your life. With what is it filled?