Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a good example

Do you remember being encouraged by your Mom or Dad to "be a good example"...perhaps when you were surrounded by younger children?  One thought that has struck me from reading in the book of First Peter is the example that Jesus is for us.  They say that the best leaders demonstrate the behavior they want others to display...leading by example. 
 1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.
1 Peter 2:4-5 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house
1 Peter 2:21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps....verse 23 and whjile being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
1 Peter 3:17-18 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.  For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God
1 Peter 4:13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
He came not only to die for us but to show us how to live.  His life was far from pleasant while He was here because He represented a power that threatened many who were comfortable living outside of God's rule.  We see that even the God of all Creation was treated wrongly for living rightly and we have an example for living that will lead to eternal life and allow us to lead others as well.
Rob Smith

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