Give and rejoice!
Ps 100-103/1Peter 3-5
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100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
103:8-10 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
:12-13 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
:19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
5:1-2 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve
:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
:12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
OT Flash Points
Let this be written down so that the nation not yet created will praise the Lord
Praise the Lord, all His creation!
NT Flash Points
Be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds
Show deep love to each other
Give freely the gift God has given you
Rejoice – not in successful service but in right relationship with God
Keep in the Light as God is in the Light
Don’t focus on usefulness but on Jesus