The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer (1 Peter 4:7).
TRUTH: At the turn of each new year, among the new resolutions made by some Christians, is the promise to pray more. Some actually uphold this promise and their lives reflect it. In order to pray effectively, however, the Word of God is calling for a clean heart. In this particular paradigm, the call is for Sound Judgment. How do we have sound judgment as maturing Christians? We have it through self-control. Twice in 1 Peter, God mentions the words “sober spirit” (1 Peter 1:13) and in this verse. Both times it means to be “clear-headed” and “well-disciplined”. This just not just mean to obey the letter of the law of God and man, but the spirit of the law – total self-control. So why are we called to be intentionally so level-headed and completely alert?
Well – look at the verse again: “the end of all things is near”!
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