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True Freedom

1 Peter 4.3
For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.

Peter encourages Christians to live a life of true freedom by doing God’s will instead of living in bondage to sin like people who do not know God. He literally tells his audience you have spent enough time living a sinful life. It was a common part of life and parties to indulge in sexual sin and drunkenness. Can we say today’s world is much different? It would have been obvious to a new Christian’s friends and family that he or she did not participate in those customs anymore and it could even cause suffering for the Christian because the nonbelievers do not have a moral standard in Christ. Peter goes on to say that each person will be judged for his or her actions.

How is your life different today than it was before you became a follower of Christ?
As Paul says in Romans 6.22-23, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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