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Hope In The Midst Of Quarrels (3 of 14)
A People of Hope Series: 1 Peter
I Peter 1:22-2:3
Before Andrew Jackson became the seventh President of the United States, he served as a Major General in the Tennessee militia. During the War of 1812, his troops reached an all-time low in morale. As a result, they began arguing, bickering and fighting among themselves. It is reported that "Old Hickory," Andrew Jackson himself, called them all together on one occasion when tensions were at their worst, and said: "Gentlemen, let's remember, the enemy is over there!"
Christians in the middle of quarrels, I want you to remember: Your enemy is over there!
Stop fighting, pull for one another, support one another, believe in one another, care for one another, pray for one another, and love one another!
To underscore the importance of unity and care for one another, consider the words of Jesus in John 13. We find Him with his twelve disciples for the last time in the Upper Room. They have met together for a meal in the second floor room in the City of Jerusalem. Jesus noticed that some of the men have come into the room with dirty feet – not surprising in that rocky and dusty land. But what was most disappointing was that none of the twelve had voluntarily turned to wash each other's feet.
During the supper, Jesus arose from the table and poured water into a basin and proceeded to go around the table and wash the disciples' feet.
John 13:12 (NKJV) says:
12 So, when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?"
Understand – He wasn't fishing for an obvious answer. He says in verses 13 through 15:
13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to y ...
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