13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,
Girding up the loins of your mind
and being sober-minded,
Clear-headed - Wakefulness
set your hope
the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The grace that will be extended to you when Jesus returns.
Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind and remain clear headed, set your confident expectations COMPLETELY upon the grace that will be extended to you when Jesus returns at the end of time.
14 As obedient children
Relationship, not age (because we’ll talk about the Father later)
, do not be conformed
to the passions
of your former ignorance,
Here, “ignorance” means the way the gentiles that he is writing to worshiped before they became Christians.
15 but as he
who called you is holy
Holy comes from a word that means “to cut off” - to cut yourself off from sin to be separated from sin.
, you also be holy in all your conduct,
Every bit of your conduct
16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Lev 11:44 “I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”
As obedient children, Do not be molded by lusts of your old life, But as Christ was holy, let’s also be set-apart from sin in every bit of our conduct, since it was written even before Christ was born that we should be holy because God is holy.
Being a mom is really hard. Some days we want to just take our kids and give them to someone. Sometimes we just want to smother our spouse in his sleep.
We say things to our families and act in ways that don’t show any grace at all. We are uglier to our family than anyone else. Which is sad because they’re the ones we love the most. What is even sadder, is that we don’t show them what holy looks like at all some days.
Peter says to be set-apart from sin in every bit of our conduct. That means how we walk, how we talk, how we raise our kids, how we approach our spouse. How am I supposed to be holy if I can’t even keep the dishes clean?
Today let’s work on girding up the loins of our mind. Let’s brace ourselves for all the junk that Satan is going to throw at us today. Let’s remember the grace that was extended to us, turn around, and extend that same grace to our families.
The number one thing that the Devil wants to use against us is our own past. He wants to reach way back in the vault of our mind and drag out something ugly. He wants us to always remember who we were before we gave our garbage to God.
That garbage in the back of our mind is “former ignorance.” It’s trash, and it needs to stay in the trashcan.
When you give your life to God, he doesn’t remember all the junk you hoarded up before you gave it to him. He cleaned you right up and organized your heart with little labels that say, “I love you.”
Don’t let your old self control your holy self. Just like we want our kids to obey, we need to obey God’s commands. Let’s set good examples today of how we’re moving forward toward holiness and moving away from our nasty pasts and our nasty old habits.
Extend grace to your family today and tell the Devil that your garbage has already been collected, and he doesn't need to keep bringing it up because it is already GONE.
I love you, and I hope this encourages you today J