Yesterday, we looked at Peter’s exhortation to saints who were suffering because of being exiled from their homeland. He is laying a foundation in their souls so they will look beyond their suffering to what God’s grace had done in them.
Peter says; “if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.” In other words, we can trust God’s impartial judgment of our persecutors, but it is more important to consider our own conduct. Our “Father…judges impartially according to each one’s deeds” also “disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10), even in tough situations. God as Father is so interested in sharing His power in our lives through holiness that He will discipline us to achieve this all-important goal.
How do you “conduct yourselves with fear”? By “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” A great motivation for good conduct is remembering the cost that God paid in order to bring us back to Himself, “that we may share His holiness”. This “fear” is one of respect and reverence for what God has done in saving us. Let this principle purify your life and draw you closer to Him.
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