We pursue lives of integrity and uprightness both in private and public. We are not our own; we have been bought with a price. The call to holiness is a call to separation from the pollution of sin. As the royal priesthood, we display God’s holy character in the world and show the reality of the Kingdom of God. Let us live holy lives so that we may never be put to shame.
Not every bad thing that happens to us is godly, righteous suffering. Sometimes we do dumb things, and the consequences bite us. While the Lord will redeem our experiences and lead us into Christlikeness, we are suffering for doing wrong. Peter says that it may be God’s will that we suffer for doing what is right. Let us ensure that we do not suffer for doing what is wrong.
Lord Jesus, if it be your will that we suffer, grant that it would be for doing what is right.
The holy priesthood is to live holy lives before God and the world (1 Pet. 3:12), allow their good works to bring glory to God (1 Pet. 2:12), and even use wordless conduct as a means of winning unbelievers to Christ.
~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 47.
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Anizor and Voss, Representing Christ