1. It is therefore languidly, because little. I suppose that the feeling of condemnation is frequently more wicked than the thing condemned. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 1. 1. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. In refusing to see small faults. His son Keith was murdered in … Leighton.I. THE GRAND WORK OF HUMAN LIFE. The exhortation to "watch" supposes danger, weakness, a proneness to fall asleep, or the near presence of a foe. 1 Peter 4:8-11: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Now there are some men who see all the evil, and never trace, never give themselves the trouble of suspecting the root of goodness out of which it sprung. The Word is to be spoken wisely. THE RULE OF THE DUTY. Or it may be so worthily framed and so fitly placed that the skill and power of the artist's work appeal to the most casual beholder. The decline and fall of the Roman Empire was a great catastrophe; but the decline and eternal fall of a moral being, originally made in the image of God, is a stupendous event. "Yes, he was very irritable and abrupt; but, then, remember what a strain he has been under lately in his business, not leaving the factory or counting house till late at night, and going back early in the morning, with no recreation or respite." Are they happy? And a word on mere wealth, considered as a stewardship. )The oracles of GodW. 3. The end of your worldly enjoyments is at hand. Here are wants of the body — food, raiment, lodging, health, strength; there wants of the mind — information, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, inward peace, pleasure, hope, content. 4. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT. Incorruptible - not having the germs of death. The man of sagacity is not always good in action: he wants an energetic coadjutor. The apostle asks us only to give out what and as we take in. Otherwise, they are as likely to possess us as we are to possess them, to be our masters as we are to be theirs.3. "The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.". This social ministry is —1. She formed a strong attachment to the gentle, serious child, and would take him on her knees and tell him Bible stories, especially the sweet story of the manger of Bethlehem and the Cross of Calvary. A perplexity, a disappointment, a fancied grievance, a slight difference with a friend, an issue hanging in suspense, a feared evil which may never come — any one of these, if not watched against, may rob us of all peace in devotion for days together. Darkness would be dissipated, sin would be jostled off the earth, and misery would spread its sable wings and fly away. What we want is, in one word, that graceful tact and Christian art which can bear and forbear. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Give what you have got, and do not distress yourself because you cannot give something else which you do not have. II. We never shall be good stewards, till we know and apply this truth, and carry it out in practice in our own times, and among those with whom we live. Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9–10. For the most part it is the union of great gifts with diligent work which ensures success; but it has sometimes been otherwise. But it is far otherwise with the human species; we are essential to each other; one man in Leeds, one man in Europe, would hardly prosper; it is only in mutuality that the individual can live and come to the fulness of his glory and fruitfulness, that the race can reach its ideal life. It is not meant for self-gratification, least of all for personal parade. )God glorified by ChristF. And thus the matter stands in numberless other cases. 2. Perhaps you are wasters. 3. a common interest. The rich must help the poor. 2. First, FOR THE FORCE OF THE APOSTLE'S INJUNCTION, "Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves." A couple of years ago I preached a sermon about how difficult it is to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply. Pray. As the sun shines not for itself, nor the earth bears for itself; so have not we a gift for ourselves, but for the common good. Two truths are to be deduced from what has been said: first, a few acts of a charitable nature do not necessarily prove the existence of a charitable spirit in him who performs them — because these may be prompted by very different motives, and because true charity is not exemplified merely on a few particular occasions, but in the general tenor of our conduct, and in the habitual discipline of our tempers. These gifts are: (a)spiritual, and(b)natural.1. Life, a sphere of usefulness large or small, health, powers of mind and body. Let's call her Bonnie, but there are many people who could fit her description. When the famous General and Conqueror Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, was old they used to beguile the tedious hours by reading aloud the history of his own campaigns. The sluggishness of our nature is as much to be watched against and overcome as its selfishness. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT.1. 3. 2. 1 Peter 4:8-9. But as all rational life is after the pattern of Himself, He has put into it everywhere something of this ministering power, and we fulfil His idea, and show ourselves to be His children, rising into His likeness, just in proportion as we exercise that power in our several spheres. It was her hand that touched the chords and awakened the first music of his spiritual life." 4. Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ.Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer for ever.This world is not their real home. "According as every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another." People are not seldom anxious to believe that by declining to undertake a certain work they avoid a serious responsibility. II. No doubt that is sometimes true. It is the greatest gift. The oracles of the heathen were mysterious but useless mutterings.(W. Let each man go deep into his own heart. Are we not too often very clumsy in this respect? It is the condition of receiving it, not its source. 2. They consist in redemption if we will accept it; sanctification if we will seek for it; and all the blessed means whereby the life of the Incarnate Word is bestowed upon us and kept alive within us, if we will use them.2. II. We are not principals, proprietors, masters, but trustees; our gifts must not be used for ends of personal indulgence; we must please our Lord. But be sure sacrifice in some shape or other is the impulse of love, and its restlessness is only satisfied and only gets relief in giving. J. G. 1 Peter 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Peter 4:8, NIV: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." The end of your earthly engagements is at hand. It is not to be all giving with some, and all receiving with others. 1. One obstacle of our own making to the useful exercise of our talents is a reluctance to cooperate with those who possess that quality which is wanting in ourselves, but which needs to be combined with ours in order to its efficiency. Now it is evident, from the definition which we have just given of this disposition of the heart, that they cannot be the sins which we commit against our fellow creatures that charity shall cover; for did we possess this grace in perfection, we should not trespass against our fellow creatures at all. Is this not what was meant by Christ when he said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:37-38)? For though the will to resist sin may die out of a man, the conscience to condemn it never can. The first word, Apokalypsis (revelation), gives this book its title. Thus ministering the gift as we have received it, whether it be large or small, whether it be natural or spiritual, we find upon gathering up the fragments that remain over and above to those to whom we have ministered, that there is greater store than we knew, greater because more full of God's blessing! 4. One day they willlive with God in heaven and share God’s *glory. 4:8,9, and 10). 1 Peter 4:8 Context. Vociferous indignation is not unfrequently the mere creation of fashion and of sympathy with bad feelings. III. The reason for the admonition is to be found in the tendency of these overheated contests in the race of life to enslave, and pervert, and unspiritualise the best affections of the heart. It is the richest land and the highest gifts that, being cultivated, will yield the best return. There is a tendency among men to esteem some gifts more highly than others; and this estimate varies in different places, and under different circumstances, and at different times. On some the Divine bounty seems to pour itself in torrents, while to others it comes in very slender rills, or apparently in drops only. II. )Mutual obligationsJ. It has been so in providence, wherein the sustaining grace of God has been revealing itself through successive ages of activity. She was well dressed. God only promises to answer earnest, importunate prayer. THE ORACLES OF GOD ARE OF DIVINE ORIGIN AND ARE THEREFORE OF SUPREME AUTHORITY. Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) / 1 Peter / 1 Peter 4; Share Tweet. 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