Wednesday 25 April, 2018

1 Peter 4:7-11

7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I work in the film & TV industry, and for every shoot we receive a ‘callsheet’ which contains all the details you’d ever need – arrival time, the location address, what the weather will be like, the day’s schedule…what time lunch is! But on top of this, the producer will often put the most essential info in big bold letters at the top of the email, such as: “IT WILL BE VERY HOT, SO WEAR SUNSCREEN AND A HAT” or “THE LOCATION IS A WORKING FACTORY, SO BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHEN MOVING THROUGH SET”. In other words, “if there’s one thing you need to know, it’s this.” Even if someone neglects to read the nitty-gritty details of the callsheet, at least they have the key thing in big bold letters in front of them.

Here I feel Peter gives us similar big bold letters. In my own words, “If there’s one thing you need to know, it’s to continue to show deep love for each other.” Not to dismiss his encouragement to be generous and to serve one another with our gifts, but if love is our goal then everything else gets taken care of.

Where in my life can I be showing deep love for those around me? Where has my love dried up or gone cold for my friends, my family, my church, or my neighbour?

Lord, help me to love every person I encounter with the same love You have shown me. Thank You that Your love is greater than any other force in my life, and that I am free to continue to show deep love for those around me.

Written by Matt Samperi

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