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Follow Christ’s Example, & Serve God’s Glory (1 Peter 4:1-11, NKJV).

Christ's Example to Be Followed (vv. 1-6):

1. Verse 1-2: Peter encourages believers to arm themselves with Christ's mindset and to cease sin.

2. Verse 3-4: Reference past worldly behaviors and the call to live for God's will.

3. Verse 5-6: The assurance of a future judgment and the proclamation of the Gospel to the dead.

In summary, 1 Peter 4:1-6 teaches believers to emulate Christ's example by embracing suffering for righteousness, rejecting sinful lifestyles, enduring societal opposition, and recognizing accountability before God's judgment.

 Serving God's Glory (vv. 7-11):

1. Verse 7: Encouragement to be watchful in prayer.

2. Verse 8: Emphasis on fervent love among believers.

3. Verse 9-10: The practice of hospitality and the use of spiritual gifts for the benefit of others.

4. Verse 11: The ultimate goal of all actions should be to bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:7-11 (NKJV), Peter shifts his focus to the importance of believers living with a sense of urgency and purpose, recognizing the end times and emphasizing the significance of serving God's glory:

In summary, 1 Peter 4:7-11 stresses the urgency of the times, encourages genuine love and hospitality among believers, and underscores the importance of using spiritual gifts to serve others, all to bring glory to God.

 Spiritual Teachings and Understanding:

1. Endurance in Suffering: The importance of persevering through trials with Christ's example in mind.

2. Transformation of Lifestyle: A shift from worldly behaviors to living for God's will.

3. Prayer and Love: Emphasis on watchful prayer and genuine love among believers.

4. Use of Spiritual Gifts: Using gifts for the benefit of others, promoting hospitality, and glorifying God.

 Biblical Parallel:

We can draw parallels to Jesus' teachings, particularly from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Both passages emphasize righteous living, enduring persecution for righteousness sake, and the transformative power of following Christ's example.

In Christ, love ❤️ Jared

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