How, THEREFORE Should We Live? – 1 Peter 4:7-11
7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God. 11 Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
A pivotal word in the Bible and the world we live in is therefore. Behind every moral command, or therefore, in the Bible is God. We are made by and for God, therefore we are to love and obey Him. The world constantly tells us how to think and live yet often ignores the therefore behind the call to conform. In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter makes a sweeping revelation from God “the end of all things is near” and follows it with a therefore and 4 commands. We are called to live God’s revelation not human speculation. Learn to pay attention to the therefore!