TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: HOW TO PLEASE GOD
TEXT: 1 PETER 2:1-20
MEMORY VERSE: 1 PETER 2: 20 “For credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God”.
Before a man and a woman can decide to marry, there are traits which they will see in each other to unite them. Similarly, two people cannot agree to do business together if their interests are not the same or if they are enemies. The Bible says “Can two walk together, unless they agree?” (Amos 3:3). Before Angels can rejoice over you and have your name written in the Book of Life, there are traits which you must have to please God. The trait of pleasing God is what identifies you to be a child of God, a regenerated or born-again person.
The text enumerates the characteristics that should not be part of a child of God. They are malice, deception, hypocrisy, envy, evil speaking (1 Pet. 2:1; Gal 5:19-21). The Bible calls all these works of the flesh. And those who have these traits will not enter the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21).
What can make a man or woman to please God is the desire to feed on the Word of God constantly (1 Pet. 2: 2). The Word of God is the change agent God has given to man. After Peter preached in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, the people were pricked in their conscience and were moved to ask Peter what they needed to do to be saved (Acts 2: 38ff; Also read Jos. 1: 8-9, Ps. 119: 9, 11 and 105). The Word reveals what God wants from you to do for your spouse (Eph. 5: 22; 28), employers, and employees (I Tim. 5: 18), members of the Church to their Minister (I Cor. 9: 11), citizens to leaders (I Tim. 2: 1–3), etc. The acts of goodness done to your fellow human being are done to please God, too.
HYMN: EMHB 413 – WHEN ALL THY MERCIES, O MY GOD
PRAYER: Father, give me a sincere faith through Your Word to please You in my relationship with others in Jesus’ name. Amen