Good Saturday morning. Today, I am housesitting and critter sitting. I have a dog, a cat, and a duckling! Guenther, the duck and I will go swimming later. I may teach him to waterski. I must say, I have never babysat a duck before. He follows me around like I’m the mother duck. I wish I knew what he is thinking. Last night he didn’t want to quit swimming to come inside. Typical adolescent—mind of his own!
I’m feeling quite restored after a beautiful day and evening on Big Lake. There was quite a breeze for most of the day, but this morning, the lake is smooth as silk.
This next section of 1 Peter is quite a bit more gentle than yesterday’s reading. It contains some of the sweetest language I have read from Peter. Discipline yourselves, maintain constant love, be hospitable, serve one another, speak like God, glorify God in everything.
1 Peter 4:7-11 (NRSV)
7 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
I especially like verse 8. “Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.” We know that Christ covered our sins, but it doesn’t hurt to show love to one another. And verse 10—being good stewards of God’s grace! Have you ever thought about how to steward the wonderful gift of grace? Ponder that one today, dear friends.
Blessings on your day; I’ll be by the water!