It must be lanced or it cannot be cured. Divine.Learn:1. And thus the matter stands in numberless other cases. 1. Otherwise, they are as likely to possess us as we are to possess them, to be our masters as we are to be theirs.3. THE INDIGNATION EXPERIENCED IN VIEW OF EVIL IS IN A LARGE PROPORTION OF CASES SELFISH, AND SOMETIMES HYPOCRITICAL AND DETESTABLE, IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. 2. The wrong-doer is reproved, rebuked, and exhorted, hut with all long-suffering (1 Timothy 4:2). Watkinson. So a Christian heart may be enshrined in such meagre and unworthy human qualities that they detract from the recognition the grace of Christ ought to receive, the impression it should make. 1 Peter 4:7-11 teaches the third way we are to live godly lives: Accomplish the Will of God like Christ, page 5 of 6 around the theme 1 Peter 4:1-11 Living for God. Does the fulness of the cup of pleasure take away the necessity of pity from you? A minister must speak holily, with that high esteem and reverence of the great Majesty whose message he carries, that becomes the divinity of the message itself, those deep mysteries that no created spirits are able to fathom.3. The divinity of a Christly life.2. but "what proportion?" By this I mean, in the way of delivering it, that it be done gravely and decently. It strikes me that we have not only there a law of proportion, we have also a law of quality, qualifying the bestowal of the gift. People are not seldom anxious to believe that by declining to undertake a certain work they avoid a serious responsibility. We must not appropriate them to ourselves through selfishness. We must neither misuse them nor neglect them. THE FERVOR OF CHRISTIAN LOVE. Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Now, observe, this rule applies both to the form and the measure of the gift, both to its kind and to its degree. yet is he to be of all others the most serviceable; he must not put his light under a bushel, nor hide his talent in a napkin.1. The end of your worldly enjoyments is at hand. The only instrument which man possesses for hastening on the triumph of good, the only reliable argument for converting the world, the only channel for peace to ourselves, is prayer. The oracles of the heathen were mysterious but useless mutterings. It urges upon us that we are all brethren. On the success of this device may issue another counterfeit of moral indignation. It was to be continuous in its exercise, and its exercise was manifold. "Am I occupying with it, that at my Master's coming He may find it increased and fructified?" Charity shall cover the multitude of sins, Gifts to be Communicated for the Good of Others, In What a Variety of Ways We May Serve and Benefit Others, The Import and Application of Glorifying God Through Jesus Christ, Watchfulness Associated with Prayerfulness, The Persecuted Christian Reminded of the Help of Brotherly Love, Watchfulness associated with prayerfulness, Gifts to be communicated for the good of others, In what a variety of ways we may serve and benefit others, The import and application of glorifying God through Jesus Christ. "Minister the same. But the subject should teach us lessons of devotion as well as of soberness. I suppose that the feeling of condemnation is frequently more wicked than the thing condemned. One quickness and pliancy to the business of the present moment; the other persevering, indefatigable patience for intricate and tiresome undertakings. The Orientals have a wise saying, "A little stone in its place weighs a hundredweight." Apr 17, 1994. "I am keeping these against the Show," is his reply, "and I cannot permit them to be cut." The contrary is the case with these mirrors of our spirits. Next, the end of our opportunities is at hand. )Receiving and ministeringJ. They consist in redemption if we will accept it; sanctification if we will seek for it; and all the blessed means whereby the life of the Incarnate Word is bestowed upon us and kept alive within us, if we will use them. The most inconsiderable people are valuable in their place.(W. The great ameliorative movements of the world are also vastly indebted to the weak and poor. They tend to degrade and sensualise the whole man. In verses 1 and 4, we learn that the one who received this revelation and wrote this book is John. For thus we are brought to admire and rejoice in not only God Himself as the primal source of all good, but in our fellow men through whose "manifold" concurrence this "manifold grace" has been diffused around us. B. Meyer, B. It is idle to say that you can do nothing, for if you are a Christian you have received something — the gift." The ways and occasions for it are manifold, as the grace which will help us in it. Now it seems to me, that in doing this we have been too long acting contrary to all natural analogies. The individual trees of a forest do not need much from one another; they grow the better, perhaps, for growing in a brotherhood; they shelter each other, they benefit by a certain neighbourhood and reciprocity, but they are not absolutely essential to one another; if there were but one oak tree in England it would grow pretty much as it does today in the forests of oak. 3. "The roads are bad," "It is inconvenient," and the carriage is not forthcoming. We donât love to be accepted by God.Â Our love is never enough to overcome the penalty of our sins.Â But thanks be to God he provided a way for our debt to be taken away.Â Our love is not a covering of our sins before God.Â Our love is used as an instrument of healing in Godâs work of bringing healing to the world.Â Our love can truly be a covering for sin.Â It can cover and contain the obnoxious and repulsive nature of the striving we engage in for self-importance.Â Our love can be a gift of fresh air.Â Our love can be a suave to the wounded.Â Our love can bind the broken hearted.Â Our love can be a covering to the sin weary world where we travel. 1 Pet. So humble people often make great men possible, although the world knows the great men only, and forgets the lowly helper. Therefore, whatever gift we possess is meant for the general welfare. Watchers see where others notice nothing, their senses are more acute. In other words, we have assumed for the gospel of Christ too exclusively theological a character. And now let each exchange his capacities and endowments and possessions against those of the other; now let every one apply the particular talent entrusted to him, as often as he has the proper motive and opportunity for it; what a blessing would the prodigiously various commutation of kind offices, of assistance and support, of benevolence and beneficence, be to all in general and to each in particular! The perfection of reciprocity exists in the religious life (Matthew 5:23; Matthew 7:12). The end of earthly greatness is at hand. If unwatchful and prayerless, it is inevitable that we shall yield to these temptations. Arrived at his counting house, the gentleman orders his cashier to write him out a cheque for £50, but to his astonishment the clerk decisively objects to draw the cheque; he "will not allow the balance at the bank to be disturbed." A Christian is to commit his way unto the Lord, and all his way — his burden, and all his burden. The wise must help the ignorant. "Among yourselves." CONSIDER LASTLY, HOW MANIFOLD AND DIFFERENT THE METHODS IN WHICH YE MAY SERVE YOUR BRETHREN, IN WHICH YE MAY DO THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT YE ARE ABLE. He is the Word of God, by Him all things are made. Service, mutual helpfulness growing out of mutual dependence, is the law of the universe. You will receive as high a reward and as lofty a commendation. HOW GREAT IS, FIRST, THE DIVERSITY OF SITUATIONS AMONG MANKIND, AND HOW VARIOUS THEREFORE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE INDUCEMENT TO BE USEFUL TO ONE ANOTHER IN DIFFERENT WAYS! In both Titus 2:14 and I Peter 2:9, the word "special" replaces "peculiar," as used in the King James Version. It is the costliest gift.II. Severity exercised without pity tends to provoke rather than reform the transgressor. How easily is the remaining sin in us drawn out into exercise by tempting objects, and how full the world is of such objects! It applies to its form. Every one may therefore in various methods give "rod receive, administer relief and accept relief, comfort and be comforted, serve and submit to be served, communicate benefit and satisfaction and enjoy benefit and satisfaction,III. "Although there was little in the home to foster, while there was much to discourage, the growth of that piety which was to characterise so signally his afterlife, one source of helpful and tender influence was preserved to him. The great ameliorative movements of the world are also vastly indebted to the weak and poor. Shall we forget that awful eternity on whose very threshold we daily walk, or fail to recognise our relations to that adorable Being whose glorious perfections will so soon break in unclouded splendour upon our souls? A couple of years ago I preached a sermon about how difficult it is to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply. 5. It is that glorious nature which has affinity with good under all forms, and loves to find it, to believe in it, and to see it. "Be ye therefore sober, and watch." He dwells in light which is so transcendent in its burning purity that no mortal eye could bear the blaze which enwraps His being. Whatever man has is a gift from God.2. So a Christian heart may be enshrined in such meagre and unworthy human qualities that they detract from the recognition the grace of Christ ought to receive, the impression it should make. Another historian, a foreigner, has written the history of the same times, with an intellect as piercing to discover the very first germ of error, but with a calm, large heart, which saw the good out of which the error sprung, and loved to dwell upon it, delighting to trace the lineaments of God, and discern His Spirit working where another could see only the spirit of the devil. Here the opposite line of conduct which is suggested by hatred and love is sufficient to guide us to a right interpretation of the passage. )Let him speak as the oracles of GodThe preaching of the WordAbp. And though the practical consequences of that disposition may not be as extensively felt in the one case as in the other, still God regards the sincerity and the fervency of that love, which prompts us both to labour and to endure, in such sort, as the particular duties of our station may require. But we must learn to drive these intruders from the altar, as Abraham drove the fowls away. But it is far otherwise with the human species; we are essential to each other; one man in Leeds, one man in Europe, would hardly prosper; it is only in mutuality that the individual can live and come to the fulness of his glory and fruitfulness, that the race can reach its ideal life. I. Every believer has a gift, and his own gift (Luke 19:13; Matthew 25:15). II. Required fields are marked *. We want to raise up the new life within men. The sluggishness of our nature is as much to be watched against and overcome as its selfishness. Give us the man who can be insulted and not retaliate, meet rudeness and still be courteous; the man who, like the Apostle Paul, buffeted and disliked, can yet be generous and make allowances and say, "I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you the less I be loved." The decline and fall of the Roman Empire was a great catastrophe; but the decline and eternal fall of a moral being, originally made in the image of God, is a stupendous event. Still we know that God "is good to all." 1. And who is able to recount the infinite variations of human capacities and powers and endowments and their analogies to each other? Further, I think the text would teach us to be sober in our griefs — whether in time of sickness, or sorrow, or adversity, or bereavement. Spiritual gifts are such as we receive through our membership with the mystical body of Christ. While it is possible to claim these natural gifts as our own without reference to our Incarnate Lord, yet it is only when we possess them in Him that we may be said to possess them truly. The Orientals have a wise saying, "A little stone in its place weighs a hundredweight." 2. Wealth, fame, pleasure, fashion, houses, lands, titles, husbands, wives, children, friends — in brief, all creation — has the power to educe the sinful nature of man. So humble people often make great men possible, although the world knows the great men only, and forgets the lowly helper. The rich must help the poor. In fidelity, it is supposed that a man should have a competent insight and knowledge in the Divine oracles, that first he learn before he teach.2. The test of a Christly life. B. Meyer, B. A.Glory is the manifestation of the hidden attributes of the ever-blessed God. Do we always remember this theory of life? They incapacitate for sympathy with distress and need. How shall we cultivate this charity? Our grand errors on this point arise from our mistaking the effects for the cause; in making no distinction between particular acts of a charitable nature, and that disposition which produces them. This makes the matter very simple. I observe finally, here, that prayer must be constant. LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS There is a picture of one of those strongest man contests. "One to another." I referred to Chet Hodgin who found it difficult to forgive. Some cry out at indolence that men may note their industry. N. Pearson, M. Here are wants of the body — food, raiment, lodging, health, strength; there wants of the mind — information, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, inward peace, pleasure, hope, content. Now I believe that God has distributed His gifts variously for this very purpose among others, to force upon us a partnership in good works. CHAPTER 4. And a word on mere wealth, considered as a stewardship. Surely we often practically forget this, and act as if our gifts were our own, to be used simply for personal gratification and aggrandisement. It was given us for influence over ourselves; that our whole body, soul, and spirit might be sanctified wholly — that it might fill us to our utmost capacity with the fulness of God, and render us efficient for promoting His glory. If we are living in the fulness of God, then the promise of Jesus Christ shall be fulfilled in our case — "Out of our belly shall flow rivers of living water." "Gifts," the most general class, such as wisdom, knowledge, and faith, are referred to the Father. THE END OF ALL THIS APPOINTMENT IS, "that in all, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ"; that in all, in all persons and all things; the word includes both, and the thing itself extends to both. II. Now that is the "charity which covereth a multitude of sins." There is a tendency among men to esteem some gifts more highly than others; and this estimate varies in different places, and under different circumstances, and at different times. For in weighing relative guilt circumstances are always to be considered. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT. For the most part it is the union of great gifts with diligent work which ensures success; but it has sometimes been otherwise. What an amount of religious machinery would be in motion if an ecclesiastical James Watt or Stephen Gray would come and unlock this magazine of spiritual force! Whatever we have, we have received; whatever we have, we must restore.II. We glorify God, whenever we act under the influence of religious principle, from a sense of Christian duty, prompted by the example and Spirit of Jesus, and guided by His commands; by a sincere regard to Him as our Maker, our Preserver, our Witness, and our Judge.(J. So if you are aware that a certain subject will always invoke an outburst of hot temper in your friend, true love will lead you to avoid it. Now I observe, first, love cannot be produced by a direct action of the soul upon itself. By and by the gentleman orders his carriage to be sent round at a given time. But how often the less gifted man, feeble in his mental power and slow in its exercise — painfully acquiring the needed knowledge with continuous effort, how often is such a one regarded only with a half-contemptuous pity. Where religion is in disrepute, it is largely because of its association with unworthy human qualities, and its consequent identification in the minds of many with them. The text seems to point especially to certain dangers or hindrances we are liable to in the exercises of devotion: we are to "watch unto prayer.". I. And having cast his care upon the Lord, he leaves it where it is cast. But you know there some other ways we think of covering things up.Â Not just covering up from the cold.Â Not just covering up so that someone cannot know what you have done.Â We also cover the garbage can.Â I especially am attentive to do this after I have eaten broccoli.Â A cover can contain the odor of some decaying vegetables.Â Not only can a covering contain bad smells.Â A covering can serve other purposes as well.Â My brother did a couple of years working on a burn unit.Â Patients on the burn unit required very intense care.Â For the seriously burned patient their bodies can be almost an entirely exposed wound.Â This does two things.Â It leaves them vulnerable to infection.Â And it also exposes their nerve endings to pretty intense pain.Â Coverings can both keep ease their pain and protect them from infection.Â So here are some ways to additionally think of coverings.Â Coverings contain.Â They can contain the spread of something that would be bad to spread.Â Coverings can comfort.Â Coverings can also protect.Â So how might we need such covering from a multitude of sin?Â To answer this question we need to think about sin. All persons and all things shall pay this tribute, even they that most wickedly seek to withhold it; but this is the happiness of the saints, that they move willingly thus, are not forced or driven. Christianity is communal. Give what you have got, and do not distress yourself because you cannot give something else which you do not have. The Divine nature is love; this is the pre-eminent attribute of the Eternal Father. In fidelity, it is supposed that a man should have a competent insight and knowledge in the Divine oracles, that first he learn before he teach. 6. God has given us gifts of imagination, knowledge, expression, music, song, that we may plant intellectual flowers in waste places, and make dull, sad lives bright with thoughts of truth and hope. The vehemence of Luther was a blemish in him, while Melancthon was cautious to a fault. The lily in the field is one of a million, but it makes the summer air a little sweeter for all that; the star of the sky is one of a million, but it is not less a thing of glory for that; the dewdrop of the morning is one of a million, yet it leaves a spot of fresh beauty as it exhales into the light. You see, then, that to each of us is allotted a ministry. God is glorified by all that manifests His providential and moral administration respecting man kind.3. 1. B. This is, moreover, still further confirmed if we regard the general tenor of St. Peter's Epistle. The necessities of the one are not the necessities of the other; the sufferings of the one are not the sufferings of the other. The end of our privileges and opportunities is at hand. He divides "to every man severally" as He pleases. The question in every case for them is not an absolute, but a relative one; not "what?" Love begets love. Till then it is all receiving with him, and no giving; all incurring obligation, no discharging of any; and that is death to any character. a common interest. Love forgives. It seems to have been one of his principal objects to reprove and reform those dissensions and disputes, which, even in those early days, prevailed in the Christian world. to see that it was sent to win every affection, to brighten every smile, to shed fresh interest over every pursuit, to light up new hopes in every prospect — to embrace every variety of human temperament, assist every degree of human capacity? (2) The desire to bless. Moses, good in counsel, requires the help of Aaron ready of speech. So what might we do with such reservations?Â I think often times these kinds of reservations swirl around in our minds in a unprocessed way.Â We donât really think through the issues enough to name the problem we have.Â We simply have a generalized feeling that something just doesnât feel right.Â And then we put our attention elsewhere.Â But this passage calls us to âabove allâ we are called to take serious this advice.Â Maybe there is something that we need to hear that doesnât further moral injury.Â Maybe there is something here that offers hope for healing like none other.Â So letâs come back to the idea of cover.Â One way to think of cover is in the sense to keep something hidden.Â We should rightly feel like there is something wrong with such an understanding of how God is dealing with our sins.Â It may be that our initial sense of the wrongness of this isnât from scripture but just an inner sense of fairness.Â But as we read scripture you will note we find much that points out the fact that what has been hidden will be revealed.Â When people use the promise of forgiveness to be a promise that one will not have to be confronted with oneâs sin one is substituting oneâs own desire for what we find in scripture. God is glorified by the diffusion of such knowledge respecting His works, as tends to give a lively conviction of His existence, and His attributes of power, wisdom, and goodness. (Canon Vernon Hutton. When will they begin to apprehend the grace of God in its manifoldness? The redeemed are required to be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God." These gifts are: (a)spiritual, and(b)natural.1. Having fulfilled all the will of God, to Him is given all power in heaven and in earth. Here are wants of the body — food, raiment, lodging, health, strength; there wants of the mind — information, knowledge, wisdom, virtue, inward peace, pleasure, hope, content. Fervent Love . These were windows into the heart of God.(F. 1 Peter 4:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Peter 4:8, NIV: "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." The sunshine must fall on us, not as it does on some lonely hillside, lighting up the grey stones with a passing gleam, but as it does on some cloud cradled near its setting, which it drenches and saturates with fire till its cold heart burns, and all its wreaths of vapour are brightness palpable, glorified by the light which lives amidst its mists. But influence over others is not the only matter in which we are to be good stewards of His manifold grace. We must not withhold this grace from others through negligence. Thus ministering the gift as we have received it, whether it be large or small, whether it be natural or spiritual, we find upon gathering up the fragments that remain over and above to those to whom we have ministered, that there is greater store than we knew, greater because more full of God's blessing! A second characteristic of man's sinful disposition, requiring watchfulness and prayerfulness in the Christian, is THE FACT THAT IT CAN BE TEMPTED AND SOLICITED TO MOVE AT ANY MOMENT. The glory of God, as alone it can be affected by His creatures, consists in the homage and service which they render Him, and in the manifestation of His glorious perfections and the accomplishment of the great ends of His moral administration — the virtue and happiness of His intelligent offspring.II. That is as impossible as it is to move a boat by pressing it from within. One quickness and pliancy to the business of the present moment; the other persevering, indefatigable patience for intricate and tiresome undertakings. Let me now speak of another stewardship of God's manifold grace; that which we ordinarily know as talent; ability of various kinds, wherewith many are considerably, and some few eminently, endowed. It is a word which implies great earnestness and intensity (Luke 22:44). His grace is manifold. CONSIDER THIRDLY, HOW NUMEROUS AND VARIOUS THE CAPACITIES AND POWERS, THE GIFTS AND ACQUIREMENTS OF MANKIND ARE, AND THENCE JUDGE HOW GREAT THE VARIETY OF WAYS IN WHICH THEY MAY SERVE AND ASSIST AND BENEFIT EACH OTHER. 2. H. M. H. Aitken, M. All these gifts we have received in promise, and our responsibility lies in seeking and claiming them for our own. Your email address will not be published. For this, in truth, is God's own love, the will and the power to give. 1. It is this diversity that gives a chief interest, and even beauty, to human life, and affords opportunity for the exercise of some of its highest virtues. The youth who is first at the bat or the oar; the student who leads his college class; the man who has made a reputation or a fortune in his profession or business, the woman whose grace and accomplishments are the delight of her friends; these, having the grace of Christ in their hearts, are not by these attainments detracting from its power, they are enshrining that grace more worthily; even as a diamond is more fittingly set in a ring of gold than in one of pinchbeck.Links1 Peter 4:8 NIV1 Peter 4:8 NLT1 Peter 4:8 ESV1 Peter 4:8 NASB1 Peter 4:8 KJV1 Peter 4:8 Bible Apps1 Peter 4:8 Parallel1 Peter 4:8 Biblia Paralela1 Peter 4:8 Chinese Bible1 Peter 4:8 French Bible1 Peter 4:8 German Bible1 Peter 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub, (b)natural.1. Christian Restraint. 1. Blows that would crush others will only prove the buoyancy of your faith. Consider what inducements to forget God, and to transgress His commandments, come from the worldly or the gay society in which we move. )Receiving and ministeringJ. How great a difference, to take an example, will be made in general society in the matter of Christian belief, according as one commanding man of genius, who has power over thought and language, makes use of that power. Take an instance. 1 Peter 4:6 speaks of evangelism for redemption of the soul of men. Ah! And, doubtless, were the least gifted among us more quicksighted and pious, they would find themselves possessed of far more considerable gifts from God's hand than they acknowledge or discern. Did selfishness make them mean? (Canon Vernon Hutton. It is simply an outcry raised to contrast our own excellences with the censured evil. (Dean Alford. When the favour of God, the present blessings of this life, and the eternal joys of another, are promised to charity, it is not such and such special acts of benevolence which shall be so signally rewarded; but it is the earnest inclination to benefit our fellow creatures, and the continual and diligent habit of doing good which are of such high price before God. Beard. Let each man go deep into his own heart. When will they begin to apprehend the grace of God in its manifoldness? I have before called charity a disposition of the mind; and it is of importance that we should remember that it is such. )The oracles of GodW. Then there is another matter belonging to this part of our subject; the stewardship of administration of charity, or of any money laid out for the general good. Personal CHRISTLINESS is a delight to see the rich vines creeping from tree tree. Only matter in which we believe, requires it fade from the of... 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