Read 1 Peter 1:3–9
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- According to this passage, what is the hope we have as a result of our new birth?
- Think of a time you were suffering in some way. What occupied your mind and heart during that time?
- Identify a time in your life when praising God and seeing His mercy was difficult. Identify a time when doing so was easy. What was the difference?
Father, let these words of Peter be my morning song and my evening refrain! Forgive me that my first thoughts in suffering are not of You. How easily I forget the source of my hope and the promised inheritance for the reborn. My heart focuses on the near, the temporary, and the fading light. Help me to fix my heart on heavenly things, the everlasting, the light that never dims. Let me be someone who brings words of hope and encouragement to those I know who are suffering. Give me courage, patience, and peace to be present in the midst of another’s pain. Work through me to touch a life with love and comfort today. Amen.
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