We can live for our will or God’s will, or we could have our passions so transformed that we need not choose between the two.
Principle for Bible Reading
An author often seeks to emphasize what something is by stating what it is and what it is not. There is usually one idea being communicated by two different statements — one denies, and the other affirms.
In This Lab
In 1 Peter 4:2, Peter tells us to live our lives according to God’s will. He emphasizes this by telling us not to live for human passions but rather for God’s passions.
Pastor John advises us to see more however. He stops and contemplates how not living for human passions works. Should we abandon all our desires? Pastor John reminds us that just because we can identify a negative/positive relationship doesn’t mean that we should stop thinking about it and simply move on.
“I am telling the truth; I am not lying!” The child with cookie crumbs around his face may protest that he has not been in the cookie jar. He may tell his mother this and then assure her that he is telling the truth (positively put) restating the same idea by stating that he is not lying (negatively put).
Negative/positive statements are often connected with “not,” “but,” or with no connecting word at all.
- How does the Bible discuss the will of God? Can you think of other texts that mention it?
- In 1 Peter 4:2 we are told to no longer live for human passions. Does this mean all of our desires should be forsaken?
- What might it look like for you to practically live for the will of God? Which human desires do you need to cease living for?
Will God Hurt Me and Call it Good? | One reason we don’t get excited about following God’s will is that we don’t trust it. In this Ask Pastor John, he answers whether God wills to hurt you and calls it good.
You Don’t Have to Know God’s Will | How can we follow God’s will if we don’t know it? A refreshing article that keeps first things first.
What Is the Will of God and How Do We Know It? | In order for us to live for the will of God, we must first know what that means. In this message, John Piper discusses what God’s will is and how we can know it.