As God’s people, our conduct must be consistent with our transformed identity.

Read 1 Peter 4:7-11. Peter begins this passage by reminding us that a true believer’s conduct is motivated by the fact that the Lord is near. We are motivated to live godly lives by Christ’s presence now, with deep gratitude for His saving work (see Romans 12:1)—and by the promise of His imminent return, joyfully anticipating the hope of glory (see Galatians 5:5). Peter then identifies four ways that a believer’s conduct is transformed by the love and hope of Christ.

First, as we pursue godliness, we find that prayer is a delight, not a duty. As you focus on the Gospel and the promise of heaven, you will want to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God—He has literally snatched you out of the jaws of death! Prayer will become time spent with the one you love most and whose purpose you trust and obey.

Second, as we grow in Christlikeness, love is second nature, not a chore. Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Just as we receive forgiveness from God when we confess, we must also forgive those who wrong us.

Third, when we follow Christ, hospitality is a joy, not a job. Hospitality is one of the highest expressions of Christian love. It is the attitude of unselfishness. As Christ sacrificed His life for us, we are called to sacrifice for others without grumbling or complaining.

Fourth, when you keep in step with the Spirit, using your spiritual gift is natural, not forced. When you first came to Christ, the Holy Spirit gave you a gift. It could be the gift of teaching, the gift of faith, or perhaps the gift of giving. Whatever it is, the Holy Spirit has given it to you so that you might glorify God.

If you are not living in light of what Christ has done for you, then perhaps you have not fully grasped your transformed identity in Him. Today, ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you so you can lift Christ high and glorify Him with your life.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for what You have done, are doing, and will do for me. May my life proclaim the magnificence of Your grace. I want to glorify You with my conduct by the power of Your Spirit. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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