During the past week we have been reading through 1 and 2 Peter. I have found these books to be a place I wish I had more time to sit and park on for a little bit. I have enjoyed both books as I have been studying them. My only struggle has been that I feel like there is so much more to glean from these book that I just haven’t gotten out yet. I found 1 Peter kept reminding me that these trials and these struggles we are going through in this life are temporary.
I Peter 1:6-9
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. And though you have not seen Him, you love Him and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy in expressible and full of glory. obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
These trials we face may be hard, and wearisome, but there is hope. This place is not our home. We were bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. There is something better that is coming and that we can look forward to. This life of pain and struggle is not all there is for us who are believers.
And because we have this hope, and because we have this salvation we should live differently than the world who does not have what we have. We need to live in ways that are different.
1 Peter 3:8-9
To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit, not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead, for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
In 2 Peter we are reminded again to live differently than the world around us. But there is another important warning as well. We are to be alert. There are many false teachers. Many men who have been led astray by their own egos and who are trying to lead others astray as well. We see this in our culture today. There are many teachers out there who preach the wealth and prosperity gospel and try to convince people that they deserve to have it all. The teaching from these dangerous men and women are leading people to believe that they are entitled to whatever they may want.
Scripture does not teach this. We must be on guard. Fill your mind with scripture. That is what Peter is telling us. We need to be so filled with truth that we can easily see when a false teacher is speaking lies.
Please guard our minds, and hearts. There is so much pain and struggle in this life. And some days it seems almost more than what we can bear. Father there are so many people who are hurting deeply, please be close to them in their pain. Be the Jesus that wept with Mary and Martha at the graveside of their brother. Be the Jesus who had pity on a woman who suffered from bleeding for so long, yet her desperation gave her courage.
Give us courage dear Jesus to dive deep into your scriptures and learn what you have to say to us so that we can live lives that are different and so that we can be a beacon to those around us who desperately need you.
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