30 April 2014

1 Peter 1:13-25

“Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who has called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (vv. 14-15)


Peter is exhorting his readers and hearers to reflect on their lives in the light of the new wisdom they have gained, knowledge about Jesus and the power of God. His expectation was that Jesus would be returning soon and meanwhile Jesus' followers needed to live their lives in ways that honoured him.

Today we might say that Peter was like a life coach reminding people of the choices they had about how to live - the key being that of living in "genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart" (v. 22).

"Be holy, for I am holy" is a radical call to be 'set apart': set apart to do the work of God, to live lives that reveal beauty, goodness, truth, purity, compassion and love.

To Ponder

  • What other attributes would you like to add to the list above that indicates the work of God in the world today?
  • In what ways does your life style choice reflect something of the teachings of Jesus?
  • Give thanks for people of all faiths who have revealed something of the love of God to you.

Bible notes author

Susan Johnson

Susan has recently moved house from the north east coast in Durham to the west coast in Cumbria. After completing eight years as the Darlington Methodist District mission and development enabler she is taking time out to explore what next, but hopes to get involved with the local foodbanks in the area.