Let us go through the 1 Peter 1-5 for today’s devotion
Without having seen him, you love him; though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. 1 Peter 1:8
I cannot understand or see the electricity. But I know that when I flip a switch, lights will come on.
I cannot understand how an airplane can fly. But I believe that it will take off and soar through the air.
The process of X rays is beyond my knowledge. However, the pictures those X rays produce helped many people.
I have not seen God, but I know the forgiveness of others when I have hurt them. I know the love of another for me even when I am not always lovable I have felt the Spirit’s power when days have been most difficult.
I have not seen, but I know and believe, and this is a gift from God.
You shall be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16
J. Olsen taught Sunday school. Ten pairs of eyes watched what she did. Ten pairs of ears listened to what he said. Ten minds were formed by the example she set. Ten sparks of faith ignited in those young people.
The children did not always understand about God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the concepts were too difficult for young minds, but they could see and hear and watch and believe Mrs. Olson. She was their contact with God, the example of Jesus and also was the strength of the Holy Spirit.
We are an example to others. They are examples to us. We are called to be holy because we are called to follow Christ, who makes us holy.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Sometimes Jerry came home from work disgusted with his coworkers. They were so disagreeable. Many times Seela would be upset with something that someone had said. Cruel words had severely hurt her.
Those with whom we work might not value our talent. Friends or neighbors may unknowingly hurt us by word or deed. The everyday cares of life may knock us down and overwhelm us. But God Choose us and loved us. We are God’s children through our baptism. If God loves us (and God does), then we can get through the deepest valley or the roughest sea. God loves us. God takes care of us. We are God’s children, called to declare to others what God has done for us. We need not grope in darkness, but rejoice in the light of God’s love.
Finally, all of you, have unity of Spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
“She certainly acts important. I wonder why she needs to feel that she’s so much better than the rest of us. I suppose it’s because her husband is a doctor.”
“She’s so kind, always helping someone else. Last week she visited home bound people. Today she took several women to buy groceries.”
Both of the above comments are about the same person. It all depends on who is telling the story as to how the activity is seen.
As Christians, part of the community of Christ, we meant to live together in harmony. We are called to build up, rather than to tear down. We are called to help, rather than to hurt. We are called to give, rather than to take.
God created us all. It pleases God greatly when we show love, sympathy, and care for all God’s creation as a reflection of God’s love for us.
For it is better to suffer for doing right if that should be God’s will, than for doing wrong. 1 Peter 3:17
They made fun of him and called him” Stingy Harry.” He wore old clothes that looked dirty. The story was that he had lots of money, even” the first dime he ever earned.”
Each day Harry could be seen walking the roads and streets, picking up aluminium cans.” Why does he need more money,” people would ask.” Can’t he spend the money that he’s got and not worry about selling old cans?”
No one told him he was doing a good job. No one told him the roadways looked better after he picked up the trash.
Harry enjoyed what he was doing. He thought the streets looked better because he picked up the old cans and believed that what he was doing was right, and he did not let what the others thought to bother him. He felt he was doing what was right. Have you been in a similar situation?
Yet if one suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but under that name let him glorify God. 1 Peter 4:15
The farm has been in their family for six generations; they came from hearty Scandinavian stock and they farmed the land, worked, and prayed. They all worshiped in the local church, six generations of Lutherans.
They were always active in the church. They had done it all: taught Sunday school, led Bible studies, made repairs, served coffee, baked pies, give generously. They were pillars of their church and their community.
This family experienced much pain: cancer, autism, bankruptcy. The list of suffering could go on and on. Why should such an upstanding family, faithful to the church, have to suffer so?
How does this six-generation Christian family react to suffering? They still lead Bible studies and make coffee, the first ones to offer comfort and support to others in need and believe, even, in God the Creator and Christ the Redeemer, believe that suffering is only one aspect of life. They glorify God for all of God’s blessings to them while suffering.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. 1 Peter 5:10
Life is not easy. But who said it would be?
The farmer gets too much rain or too little rain. The nurse works with a cranky, ‘demanding doctor, and nothing is ever right. The mother has two sick children and six guests coming for supper. The father will probably lose his job because the company was sold. Illness, money, anger, employment, children, relatives-these are some of the problems of life. Life is not easy.
Sit down, take a big breath, and put your feet up. Read your Bible, pray a prayer, and ask the Holy Spirit to calm you. Meditate on something beautiful. God does and will restore you. God will renew your strength. Life is not easy, but with God, it is possible.
As shared in the 1 Peter 1-5, let the Holy Spirit, help us always to believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. Lord Jesus, help us to be all that others think we’re. Thank you, God, for making us your children and for loving us always. Creator God, we are part of your creation. Help us to live in harmony with the rest of creation. Christ Jesus, strengthen us daily to do good things for your sake. Lord, sometimes we hurt and cry and suffer. Do not leave us, even when we forget you. Holy Spirit, give us strength amid difficulty and calmness during the confusion. Amen.
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