Walk According to the Will of God

I Peter 4:2-3.

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

In verse one, Peter urged believers to have the mind of Christ under persecution. He enlarges on that idea by telling us in today’s passage that we are to live not according to human desires, but to the satisfy the will of God.

So, what is wrong with the lusts of men? Well, we get that list in verse three:

Lasciviousness: unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence

Lusts: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

Excess of wine: drunkenness

Revellings: a nocturnal and riotous procession of half drunken and frolicsome fellows who after supper parade through the streets with torches and music in honour of Bacchus or some other deity, and sing and play before houses of male and female friends; hence used generally of feasts and drinking parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry.

Banqueting: drinking, carousing

Abominable: contrary to law and justice, prohibited by law, illicit, criminal

Idolatries: in the plural, the vices springing from idolatry and peculiar to it

(All definitions according to Strong’s Numbers and Blue Letter Bible)

No Christian should ever be characterized by such things. They bring shame to the believer, and dishonor to God.

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