Do What is Right Regardless of the Outcome

It is not shameful to suffer for being a Christian. When Peter and John were persecuted for preaching the Good News, they rejoiced because such persecution was a mark of God’s approval of their work.   Don’t seek out suffering, and don’t try to avoid it. Instead, keep on doing what is right regardless ofContinue reading “Do What is Right Regardless of the Outcome”

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 servingContinue reading “Spiritual Gifts”

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,Continue reading “Pursue Peace”