Notes From The Cove

 

Living with Hope: The High Calling of Godly Character

Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God on the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:11-12, NASB). In the middle of tribulation and persecution, Paul the spiritual coach, explains that there is more going on than just a physical war, there is a war for our very souls as well. He explains that as children of God, we belong to the Kingdom of Heaven, and because of this, we are literal foreigners, strangers on this earth. Being children of God and citizens on Heaven, Paul urges us to resist earthy lusts, and keep a higher standard of behavior, so that even those who will try to slander and persecute…