Bearing the Name
1 Peter 4:16

 
The Upward Look
    © Copyright 2015, Max D. Hutto,

“However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” 1 Peter 4:16 NIV

Peter uses the name “Christian” to describe the believers. This term is used only three times in the Bible and means a follower or disciple of Christ. It was first used by the Gentiles as an insult but became an honorable name for believers. Peter knew what it meant to be ashamed of Jesus, for on the night He was betrayed Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Instead of being ashamed, the believer should praise and glorify God because others identify him as a believer in Christ.

Lord Jesus, I am honored to carry Your name and to serve You my Lord. I desire that this day my life would bring You praise, glory, and honor.

 

  January 23, 2015


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