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Actions Speak Louder than Words

Peter wanted to rouse the complacent believers who had listened to the false teachers and believed that because salvation is not based on good deeds, they could live any way they wanted. If you truly belong to the Lord, Peter wrote, your hard work will prove it.   If you’re not working to develop the...

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Spiritual Gifts

Some people, well aware of their abilities, believe that they have the right to use their abilities as they please. Others feel that they have no special talents at all.   Peter addresses both groups in these verses. Everyone has some gifts; find yours and use them. All our abilities should be used in serving...

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Pursue Peace

Too often we see peace as merely the absence of conflict, and we think of peacemaking as a passive role. But an effective peacemaker actively pursues peace. He or she builds good relationships, knowing that peace is a by-product of commitment. The peacemaker anticipates problems and deals with them before they occur. When conflicts arise,...