This morning Pastor Cuozzo preached a message from 1 Peter 4 regarding how we should think when we near the end of something.
1 Peter 4:7 states: “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” God wants us to be different because of this doctrine. We need to act in a sober way in seeking God’s will and in our prayers.
We are to “have fervent charity among” ourselves. (1 Pet 4:8) What would it mean to fervently love someone, as a family and as a church body? “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph 4:32) We are to be known for our love toward one another. We should be doing what God is doing.
Jesus Christ “suffered for us in the flesh” (1 Pet 4:1); He is our example. We should be strong in our soul, extending hospitality to one another. The real way to joy is to desire God’s will to be done. We need to think of eternal matters as God would have us. We need to commit ourselves to something now – something that will pay dividends later and that will bring God great glory.
We can have a relationship with Jesus Christ because He lives and reigns. God has called men to be prepared and handle rough circumstances. Men should be beloved and tender. “Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.” (Pro 20:5) We need to help each other. Young people should seek wisdom from parents and from those with more experience. We should all be partakers of trials, sufferings, and joy as we work and labor together.
We need to see a glimpse of God. Christ endured the cross for us; we need to get on mission with Him. God has told us that of the many things in the future, we can expect fiery trials, yet thankfully we can expect joy and eternity with Him.