Be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

In all of our actions, may God be glorified! Be aware for we are stewards of the gifts given to us from our Lord. Let our light shine before men, so that they may see the love of God in our hearts, in our words, and in our deeds. Remember, when we do poorly, those in the world will mock us and ridicule Christianity, as if to say, “see, see, they are all hypocrites”. When we do good, give thanks to God! Let each of us share with each other the gifts that God has given us. In spite of our sins, be bold in your prayers to God.  These things we can and must do each moment we have breath, for our faith is not one of convenience, nor are we called to be merely Sunday-morning Christians! By our deeds they will judge us so let us act in a godly manner so that the heathen may see in us the blessings of God, converting their hearts, and seeking after our heavenly Father.

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Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles-when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:1-11

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