‘I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires’ 1 Peter 2.11
All of us want to live pure and holy lives, yet simply resolving to do so doesn’t seem to make much difference. In this verse, Peter suggests that our behaviour will change once we realise who we are.
Before you seek to change your life, Peter urges you to catch a new vision of yourself; that you are a stranger in this world. You do not belong to this world in the way that some others do, and because you are different you are not bound to follow its ways.
In Philippians 4.13 we read, ‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ In other words, your ability to do things does not come from yourself, but from the one who lives within you. However, unless you know that there is one living within you, then you won’t call upon him for the strength you need. Similarly, unless you know that you are a stranger in this world, so not bound to follow its pulls and temptations, then you will not know that you can stand against them.
You are a temple of the Holy Spirit, created to carry God’s presence with you wherever you go. Reflect on that, and carry the truth of it throughout this day and into the days ahead.
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