Five Minutes a Day with Luther Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
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That is, conduct yourselves as obedient children. Obedience in Scripture means faith. Whoever hears the Word of God and believes it is an obedient child of God. Therefore whatever is not the Word of God, tread it under your feet and pay no attention to it. Do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance. That is, you should not exhibit such ostentation and lead such a course of life as before. Once you were godless, and lived in lewdness, gluttony, drunkenness, avarice, pride, anger, envy, and hatred, which was an evil, heathen-like state, and one of unbelief, and when you behaved according to those lusts, you were like one who was blind, you did not know what you were doing. Avoid now those same evil lusts. Here you can see how he makes the charge against ignorance, from which all evil proceeds. For where faith and knowledge are absent, there remains mere error and blindness, so that men are ignorant of what is right and wrong, to the end that the people fall into every kind of vice.
Let us ever walk with Jesus,
Follow His example pure,
Flee the world, that would deceive us
And to sin our soul allure.
Ever in His footsteps treading,
Body here, yet soul above,
Full of faith and hope and love,
Let us do the Father's bidding.
Faithful Lord, abide with me,
Savior, lead, I follow Thee.