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God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10

When Peter penned these words, the destruction of the Jewish temple and nation were at hand (1 Peter 4:7). With persecution imminent, Peter wanted believers to maintain their focus. He wanted them to be earnest and disciplined in their prayers, while loving one another, and opening their homes to one another (verses 7-9). Finally, they were to serve one another by using the spiritual gifts that God had given them.

Are you concerned that the end of the American church and nation may be at hand? Are you angry about it—getting caught up in heated political exchanges, sometimes even with fellow believers? Is your bitterness poisoning your heart, affecting your attitude, and rendering you ineffective in your witness? Listen to Peter’s advice. Open your home to fellow believers. Pray with them. Study with them. Laugh with them. Weep with them. Serve them using your spiritual gifts.

If you aren’t sure about your spiritual gifting, talk to a leader at church to help you identify it. And then begin to exercise it. You’ll notice a difference in your attitude as you minister to fellow saints. And you’ll make a greater impact for the kingdom of God as unbelievers see your love for other believers in action.

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