Friday, March 29
Today's reading: 1 Peter 1:1-9
Today we start on the book of 1 Peter, a letter of encouragement written to Jewish Christians who had been scattered throughout Asia Minor. These believers were discouraged because the environments in which they were living didn't embrace God's ways. As a result, they were experiencing persecution and hardship.
Peter wastes no time when it comes to supporting and lifting up this group. As soon as he completes his greeting, he immediately turns to encouraging these disheartened brothers and sisters in Christ. He acknowledges the hard and unpleasant circumstances they are living in but then reminds and reassures them that they are possessors of a "living hope" from God. Peter drives home the message that they are each heirs of God and as such have "an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for [them]" (vs. 4).
How often do you give thought to the fact that, as a Christ follower, you possess a living hope? Why is this important? How did reading that God is keeping for you an imperishable inheritance impact your attitude and outlook today? Tami
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