Family Bible Study lesson for August 15: Act Right : Friday, July 23, 2004
July 23 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for August 15: Act Right : Friday, July 23, 2004
Friday, July 23, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for August 15: Act Right

By Phyllis Elvington
Focal Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-16,22-25; 2:1-3,11-12

I taught second grade for nine years and loved every minute of it.

As part of a study on community helpers, I had taken my class on a field trip to the local post office, fire station and police station. Everything had gone according to plan, and I was pleased with the day's activities. That night, however, one of my parents called with a concern about something her son, Jason, had seen written on the wall of the jail.

When Jason told his mother what he had seen, she asked, "Well, what did your teacher say?" Jason replied, "Oh, she didn't read those words - she's too holy to look at words like that."

The mother laughed as she told me the story, but I cried. I cried because I realized how closely little ones like Jason watch everything we say and do. And I cried because I knew how many times I am not holy - as my Lord has commanded all of us to be.

Be holy

1 Peter 1:13-16

To be holy is to be different, set apart and separate from the world. Peter reminds us in this passage that we have been called to a lifestyle of holiness.

I have a note written in my Bible beside these verses that states: Holiness is not an option for a Christian. "Be holy, because I am holy," God commands us (v. 16).

I do not think that I am a "holy" person. I do strive to live towards a holy (different from the world/set apart) lifestyle. I tell my children at home and the athletes I coach in high school sports: "If I say it, then you can say it. If I do it, then you can do it. Likewise, if I don't say it - you can't say it. If I don't do it, you shouldn't do it."

If we expect those around us to "act right," then we should strive to be holy in all we say and do.

Be loving

1 Peter 1:22-25

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 John 4:7-8).

Loving others, like holiness, is not an option for Christians. Jesus said in John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you love one another."

I really do believe that loving others is the acid test for a Christian.

Be mature

1 Peter 2:1-3

Peter tells us two ways to grow and mature as a Christian. We need to subtract some things from our lives, and we need to add others to our lives.

First, Peter tells us to get rid of "all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind" (v. 1). I like to use the saying, "God does not like ugly." He does not like ugly words, ugly actions, ugly attitudes, etc.

Second, we are to "crave pure spiritual milk" (v. 2). Just as we get hungry for food every day, we need to hunger for God's word. Jesus said in Matt. 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

Be honorable

1 Peter 2:11-12

Charles Swindoll tells us in his book, Rise and Shine: "Our sole purpose, our basic reason for existence, is to bring maximum glory to our God - to magnify, exalt and elevate the Lord our God. When we truly 'act right,' we obey Jesus' words in Matthew 5:16, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'"

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