A couple of times a year I put on a brand new shirt or sweatshirt for the first time, proudly seeing how it looks in the mirror. Unfortunately, a careless bite later often produces a stain. The only thing worse is putting a new outfit in the dryer without catching this blemish. Once dried, there’s nothing you can do except donate or throw this piece of clothing out.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, 1 Peter 5:8.
If you watch a lot of television, you are probably beginning to see commercial blitzes for travel destinations. This is the time of year that cities and states are trying to sway you to plan a summer vacation or visit during a long weekend. Perhaps, I’ve never given it much thought before, but Las Vegas’ calling card, “what happens here stays here,” got under my skin recently. In the spiritual realm, what happens here stains eternity.
Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings, 1 Peter 5:9.
In this day and age, no one is immune from embarrassing moments. Friends may even bring up painful remainders of the past to keep you humble. Yet, even Peter who denied Jesus in public three times learned from his previous mistakes. Although what happens here on earth stains eternity, this portion of Peter’s letter highlights the importance of faith. Thus, the next time you’re tempted to do something your heart or soul is telling you is wrong, resist this urge. Rather, be alert and keep in step with the Spirit of God.
by Jay Mankus