I went back to this chapter in 1 Peter and read another reason for us to do the things listed in my last post (show respect to everyone, love the family of believers and fear God.) Verse 12 in 1 Peter 10 says, “ Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” Pagans in this contect means anyone who is not a Jew. But pagans today means anyone who does not believe in God or even other Christians who are not loving, fearing and serving God in their lives, although they know they should be. Other people often accuse us of doing things that are wrong but they do it usually to keep the focus off of themselves. Remember the story of the Pharasees who brought a woman in front of Jesus and accused her of adultery? They wanted to stone her. But he started pointing out the sins of the men who had brought her to Him. We think that’s what He did. The gospels only tell us that He wrote in the dirt and told the Pharisees that “He who is without sin should cast the first stone.” But all of the men walked away because they knew that they were sinners too. Jesus is without sin but He chose to have mercy on the woman and told her to “Go and sin no more.” Do you think the woman walked away unmoved by what happened or did she tell everyone what He did for her? I’m guessing that she told everyone she knew what happened to her that day. She told everyone who would listen that Jesus saved her life and forgave her sins. I’m hoping she changed her life for the better too, not committing the same sin anyway. We all sin but we should at least try not to keep repeating the same ones over and over. After all, God has sent us His Holy Spirit who can help us have self control. And when we have self control, we should give God the glory for helping us defeat those sins. Amen?