2 Peter 3:10-14
Nathan behave! I have heard that one a lot. It was probably the anthem of my childhood. And I really have not escaped that admonition even in adulthood. The sweet ladies that I attend church with remind me often on Sundays, “Pastor, you behave yourself this week.” They know me all too well!
We all struggle to behave sometimes. It may be playful mischievousness or outright rebellion, but we all have moments of misbehavior. To behave is to act or conduct one’s self in a specific way. So, to behave has everything to do with how we act and conduct our lives. It is an exercise in self-control.
In 2 Peter 3:14, the believers are instructed to behave. They are instructed to do this by living peaceful lives that are pure and “blameless.” We, like the early believers, are instructed to exhibit these traits. There is not time or place for us to become lazy or complacent in our behavior toward the things of God. What should motivate us to this end? Belief! Specifically, we are to believe in His second coming and impending judgment. The belief that these things will come to pass should motivate us to behave. We behave so that we will be found peaceful, pure and blameless on His return.
JUST A THOUGHT
Does your belief in the second coming and judgment motivate your behavior?