4. 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. This makes the matter very simple. 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. Jesus put it this way in the Sermon on the mount: Matthew 6:38-48 “ 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.‘ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. Next, the end of our opportunities is at hand. The one stirreth up strifes, it dwells upon them, and rouses them up afresh, and does not allow them to be forgotten. Again, we should watch against the distracting influence of an over-anxious and careful spirit in prayer. So what might we do with such reservations?  I think often times these kinds of reservations swirl around in our minds in a unprocessed way.  We don’t really think through the issues enough to name the problem we have.  We simply have a generalized feeling that something just doesn’t feel right.  And then we put our attention elsewhere.  But this passage calls us to “above all” we are called to take serious this advice.  Maybe there is something that we need to hear that doesn’t further moral injury.  Maybe there is something here that offers hope for healing like none other.  So let’s come back to the idea of cover.  One way to think of cover is in the sense to keep something hidden.  We should rightly feel like there is something wrong with such an understanding of how God is dealing with our sins.  It may be that our initial sense of the wrongness of this isn’t from scripture but just an inner sense of fairness.  But as we read scripture you will note we find much that points out the fact that what has been hidden will be revealed.  When people use the promise of forgiveness to be a promise that one will not have to be confronted with one’s sin one is substituting one’s own desire for what we find in scripture. Further, I would say prayer must be in earnest. It is called "manifold," because God's gifts are so various in kind and in degree. 2. II. THE GRAND WORK OF HUMAN LIFE. Lastly, charity can tolerate even intolerance. The prism, which shows the exquisite tints that hide in sunbeams, glorifies the sun and its Maker. Now I observe, first, love cannot be produced by a direct action of the soul upon itself. The gardener distinctly declines to do anything of the sort. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. It naturally follows from the former argument that the exercise of charity is the most delightful exercise we can choose for ourselves. Concerning this charity we remark two points. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT.1. His grace is manifold. Leighton. Among our natural gifts some are common to all. )Reflected gloryA. 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. There was in the household a faithful old servant, Maria Millis, who had been maid to young Ashley's mother when she was a girl at Blenheim, and who was now retained as housekeeper. The man who lives for himself is not worthy of the name of man. A hard word, an unkind look, a displeasing act on the part of another, will start sin into motion, instanter. 3. 1. 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. The inheritance is "salvation" (1 Peter 1:5; 1 Peter 1:9); "the grace to be brought at the revelation of Christ" (1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 5:4). Watkinson. 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. 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! One day they willlive with God in heaven and share God’s *glory. The artist who reads nature's secrets, and catches bewitching smiles which are only seen by her lovers, glorifies Him who lives behind all nature. The Christian in covenant with God, receives all this way and returns all this way. The feeling has no respect whatever to the moral qualities of the evil it chastises. 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. Even here we see this distinction in a limited degree. This brings most peace to our conscience both in life and death. 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. The communion of saints, which we believe, requires it.4. 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. That is as impossible as it is to move a boat by pressing it from within. Divine.Learn:1. Nothing could stand against it. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Apostle urged upon the Christian converts the importance of charity. (2) The desire to bless. )The idea and duty of human lifeW. And not only should we be sober in our bodily passions, but in our words. A gentleman walks into his grounds on a summer morning, and delighted with certain flowers, says to his gardener, "These are very line; send a few into the house." God is glorified by all that manifests His providential and moral administration respecting man kind.3. We must not appropriate them to ourselves through selfishness. In chapter 3:19 Peter speaks of a different thing: Jesus going back to proclaim victory before rebellious spirits that rebelled before the flood (Genesis 6:1-2). II. As a man's worldly means increase, so his charities ought to increase. You cannot move the boat from within, but you may obtain a purchase from without. Still we know that God "is good to all." This is evidently God's purpose. Maclaren, D. D.)How Christians may glorify GodA painting that is a work of art may be so inappropriately framed, and hung at such disadvantage as to light and shade, that only a master recognises its merits. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT TO BE SOCIALLY EMPLOYED. "God resisteth the proud, but giveth (and, of course, in answer to prayer) grace unto the humble. One has ingenuity, an extensive, strong turn for invention; the other has judgment and dexterity in execution. A gentleman walks into his grounds on a summer morning, and delighted with certain flowers, says to his gardener, "These are very line; send a few into the house." Every man has some gifts; no man has all gifts. 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. Watkinson. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT. 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. It has a way of seeing the good in people rather than the bad: "Charity thinketh no evil" (1 Corinthians 13:5). J.R. Thomson . There ought to be a certain God-like liberality in our efforts to distribute the favours with which God loads us. 3. 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. 2. B. Meyer, B. It is universal. Neither can you expect the graces of the soul to flourish if your body is your master. Further, we must watch against any unsubdued tendencies to evil in our own hearts, in prayer. Love is our priority: it is “above all things” or, more literally, “before all things” (pro pantōn) (1 Pet. All are received from the multiform goodness of God. The strong must help the weak. Forbid it, reason, duty, conscience; forbid, Parent of our mercies. But, in the second place, the apostle says, in the text, that charity "SHALL COVER THE MULTITUDE OF SINS." The guardian angel weeps, mercy flies swiftly to the penitent, and Christ says, "Neither do I condemn thee, only go, and sin no more." Everybody knows of Livingstone, of Bishop Hannington, of Paten, of Calvert; but the sublime enterprise conducted by these heroes would be impossible if it were not for the self-denying work of labouring men, farm servants, domestic servants, little children who give and collect coppers through the land and through the year. The gospel vastly expands our field of duty. 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. II. Next, we are bidden to watch unto prayer. But if unknown He would be forever unappreciated and unloved. 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." One quickness and pliancy to the business of the present moment; the other persevering, indefatigable patience for intricate and tiresome undertakings. The purpose for which He has ordained various ranks in human society, is that He may thereby be glorified in the Christian use of influence over others, the Christian bestowal of worldly means. Not only have we received the gift freely, but we have received it wisely; that is to say, God, in bestowing the gift upon us, exercised a wisdom which belongs to His own nature, preparing us for its reception, and bestowing upon us just the gift appropriate to our state. Such pseudo-Christians become evident when suffering occurs, and they quickly abandon their profession of faith (see Mark 4:10-20; John 6:22-60). Let him ask what that mysterious longing means which we call love, whether to man or God, when he has stripped from it all that is outside and accidental, when he has taken from it all that is mixed with it and perverts it. 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