Avoid Evil Desires
1 Peter 2:11
The Upward Look
© Copyright 2010, Max D. Hutto,
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 NASB
With a term of endearment and tender affection, Peter begins a new section describing his readers as aliens and strangers. These terms describe one who is living in a land that is not his own. Peter may have been calling the believers temporary residents, referring to their home in heaven and not in this physical world. He urges them to stay away from worldly, fleshly desires. Believers are not exempt from temptations caused by desires of all kinds that seek to destroy their spiritual life and make them ineffective in their witness to others. This spiritual war pits believers against evil desires.
Lord Jesus, I long for my home in heaven, but until then, help me to live for You each day. Give me strength and wisdom to avoid the evil that tries to ensnare me.
June 11, 2010
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