Day 4: Our Love Towards Others

Day 4: Our Love Towards Others

1 Peter 4:8-11

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Imagine Peter’s position for a moment. He spent a few years following Jesus around, seeing all the amazing things he did and hearing all the wonders he spoke. Peter then denied Christ before his death, but was reinstated by expressing his love to Jesus again after his resurrection. Once Peter expressed his love to Jesus, Jesus commanded him to feed his sheep, or in other words, love others. Love God and love others.

What we have been called to sounds pretty simple. But how do we show love to others? Do we all do it the same way or do we each have unique ways to show love? In this passage Peter has some key insights for showing love while living as God’s people in this world. Each one of us should use whatever gift we have to express our love, to serve them, putting them above ourselves.

If you can bake, show your love through baking.
If you are athletic show your love through your athleticism.
If you are blessed financially show your love through your generosity.
If you are a gifted communicator share God’s good news.

Whatever God has gifted you with, use it to serve others in love. When you do so, do it as Peter commands, without grumbling. Showing genuine love to others has great power, it can cover a multitude of sins. Love goes directly against sin. Resolve to love others regardless of what has happened, and do so through the strength only God can provide.

Why should we do this? So that God gets the glory, not us, but him alone, because when we love like Christ, we reflect Christ’s love to the world, and that is what the world needs most.

Prayer: God I pray that you would make your love overflow in me so that it may pour into the lives of those around me. May I look at my encounters with other people as an opportunity to serve and do so without grumbling. Show me ways I can use my gifts to show your love. Amen.

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