Re:Verse passage – 1 Peter 5:1-6 (day two) and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…vs. 5
“With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan ~ to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Abraham Lincoln – Second Inaugural Address – March 4, 1865
President Lincoln had an uphill battle for which he would pay the ultimate price. His words resonate now as much as they did at the end of the Civil War. We are divided and fractious as a nation and even among believers we cling to what separates us rather than what unites us. The Apostle Peter has spent his entire letter clearly outlining how we are to treat other people as we all share in the sufferings of Christ Jesus. May we be a people marked by our charity and compassion rather than by our divisiveness.