1 Peter 3:8-4:11, Psalm 140


The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that the chief end of man is to “glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Assembly, 1986). It is easy to think of Christianity as a list of “do's” and “don'ts” such as those listed in 1 Peter 4:3: Don't live in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” But what we are called to is so much greater than that. Christians aren't told in this passage to be prepared to tell people why they are “good” but to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [them] for a reason for the hope that is in [them] (3:15). How is it possible to have hope in the midst of our own suffering and the suffering of others? We have a Savior who has suffered for us to “bring us to God” (3:18). Because of His love for us and His power over death and sin we can always have hope. Therefore, we should serve and love others, not simply because we are supposed to, but out of love for our Savior and “in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (4:11).