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The people in Peter’s day wore long flowing robes that hindered their movement. When they wanted to engage in some strenuous activity they would tuck the hem of their robe into the belt worn around their waist. This was called “girding up” which in today’s language we might say “let’s roll up our sleeves.” Peter was saying in this passage that a Christian should live a life of discipline and self control that is governed by our thought life (v. 13).
It is not easy to live in this world and maintain a holy walk (v. 14). The anti-God atmosphere around us is always trying to press us into its mold. God has insisted that His people be holy because He is holy (Lev. 11:44). Peter teaches that the unbeliever is basically ignorant of God and His standards. Therefore any holiness that we have in character and conduct must be received from Him (vv. 15-16).
Many of our problems as a Christian stem from our measuring our self by the wrong standard. The right standard is the Lord and not some other Christian. The believers’ life has been changed by the indwelling Holy Spirit and as a result there should be a corresponding outward change in our daily practice.
What does it mean to be holy? How has my life been more holy or less holy in the last year? In what area of my life do I have the most problem with holiness? What can I do to bring this part of my life under God’s control?
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I Peter 1:9-12Experience Heaven’s Glory in the Midst of Suffering
I Peter 1:13-16Living a Disciplined Life in Christ
I Peter 1:17-21It is the Blood That Sets Us Free
I Peter 1:22-25True Love is Easily Seen
I Peter 2:1-3Children in God’s Family
I Peter 2:4-8Stones in God’s Temple
I Peter 2:9-10Who Christ Says we are as Christians
I Peter 2:11-12As a Believer we do not Belong to This World
I Peter 2:13-17Submission to Government
I Peter 2:18-20Submission to Masters
I Peter 2:21-23We Are to Emulate Christ’s Example
I Peter 2:24-25Peter Takes Us to the Cross
I Peter 3:1-6How Christian Wives can Win Unsaved Husbands
I Peter 3:7-7Admonition for Christian Husbands
I Peter 3:8-9Sharing in the Joy of Others
I Peter 3:10-12How to Have a Really Good Day
I Peter 3:13-17Always be Ready to Witness
I Peter 3:18-22Be Faithful and Leave the Results to God
I Peter 4:1-6Following Christ May Bring Persecution
I Peter 4:7-11Hospitality Includes Ministering to One another
I Peter 4:12-14Every Christian can Expect Persecution
I Peter 4:15-19Suffering for God’s Glory