QTVOTD: Discipline can come before the judgement…

“…if you call upon Him as [your] Father Who judges each one impartially according to what he does, [then] you should conduct yourselves with true reverence throughout the time of your temporary residence [on the earth, whether long or short].” 1 Peter 1:17 [AMP]->me: Once again I can only get in a couple of verses before being overwhelmed with Peter’s teaching.  Today I am seeing the connections between 1 Peter 1:17 and Paul’s letter to the Colossians. “That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10.  What struck me most about the verse in Peter is that it reads as ‘right now’.  Peter is not talking about the impartial justice at the Judgement Seat, but the here and now.  Each one of us still sit under God’s discipline of our behavior here on earth; in our walk as professed Christians.  ‘Reverence’ or ‘Godly Fear’ is a fear of disappointing our Father in heaven.  Every minute and second demands that I keep my heart condition and actions in check; aligned with His word and will for my life.  God in heaven, please help me through your Holy Spirit to be aware of my heart condition, state of mind, and actions in the world saturated with ungodliness.  Help me to walk by the light of Your word so that I can live in the knowledge that I have glorified you in my witness, in my fathering, in my husbandry, and in my friendships.

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