So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. -1Peter 1:13-14 NLT
I have not heard the word backslide lately but it seems to be descriptive of the sentiment offered in verse 14. It is so easy to forget who we are and slide back into old habits. It is why Peter writes to us about preparing our minds. Exercising self-control requires the discipline that comes with preparation. A life of godly obedience does not happen by accident.
Yet apart from preparation, a godly life requires a hope that looks forward to a day when Jesus is revealed. A life of obedience is anchored in the hope that we will see Jesus. Either at the end of our life or at the end of the age. It is why we endure sufferings. Why we fight to overcome temptation. Our desire is to please him and not ourselves.
Breath on us Spirit of the Living God. That we might find the hope to prepare and the discipline to obey.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.