Our scripture this morning is 1 Peter 1:13-19.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And 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, 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.
Peter writes that our faith requires a response, that we must be ready to act on the things Christ has taught us. Through our obedience we can be holy just as He was (v. 16). This is an amazing promise, that we can be like Jesus.
In order to follow in faith, we must be willing to do what is asked of us. It is our choice, Jesus forces no one. It is more than just knowing the scripture, it requires us to put that knowledge to work in our daily lives and share that love with those around us.
Peter knew better than anyone the joy of forgiveness. He had utterly failed when Jesus was arrested, going so far as denying he even knew Him. We sometimes deny Christ by our thoughts and behavior, but like Peter we can ask forgiveness and be restored to the family of God.
Loving Lord, we are sorry for the times we fail You. Forgive us we pray, and make us strong in faith to go into the world in Your name. Amen.