Google+ 03/31/14 We Will Then Enjoy the Full Salvation Experience!

1 Peter 2:1-3

 

So get rid of all evil behavior.

Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk

So that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

 

Haven't we all experienced the Lord's kindness at least once in our lives?  If we don't think so, we haven't been looking very carefully at our lives.  God is so good to us all of the time, in light of the things we often do to break His heart.  Peter tells us today how we can see the full glory of God and fully experience salvation through Jesus Christ.  We must rid our lives of all evil behavior.  We must not be jealous or deceitful.  We must stop being hypocrites.  Finally, we must eliminate all unkind speech from our daily vocabulary.  Wow!  We better get started as, for many of us, there is much to do!!!  Our ministry and church were created for people that love the performing arts.  They are wonderful people and extremely talented on many levels.  On the other hand, we artists can suffer greatly from jealousy, deceit, hypocrisy, and unkind speech.  Particularly in musical theater, where our ministry is greatly focused, envy, unkind speech and evil behaviors run rampant without God.  We work on it at every rehearsal and pray about it daily.  We have eliminated a great majority of these evil behaviors and are still working to be perfect in God's sight.  If we are prone to be jealous of others, we need to become satisfied with who we are in Christ.  When we are in perfect harmony with God, we are no longer jealous or deceitful with others.  There is a simple reason for this.  We have eliminated the cause for any of these behaviors.  God did not create us as unique individuals to be jealous of each other.  Rather, He wants us to be complimentary with each other and work together to build His Kingdom.  The next time we are "guided" to unkind speech, please know that it is not God doing the "guiding!"  Reject all of Satan's evil ways and totally embrace God.  "We Will Then Enjoy the Full Salvation Experience!"