This past Sunday, we looked at 2 Peter 1 that reminded us that we have everything we need to live a godly life. I thought about that in light of people.
In a 'positive' way, I believe that some of the resources God gives us to enable us to live a godly life are other believers who help us. We will not persevere until the end with our faith without people encouraging us along the way, not to lose hope.
In a 'negative' sense, I think we have to recognize that we cannot use the excuse of people as to why we don't live a godly life. If a sovereign and omniscient God has given us everything we need, then we can rest assured that He has provided us what we need to deal with difficult people. So, our lack of following and obeying Christ cannot be justified because the people with whom we cross paths are not acting godly. The implications of that are staggering when we think how that applies to our spouses, our kids, our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers. In other words their lack of godliness does not mean I am prohibited from manifesting Christ in m life. No excuses. Unlimited resources. Sounds like we need God's gracious work in our lives!