Thursday, September 08, 2016

A Living Hope (1 Peter 1:1-5)

Today’s scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-5

Well … we’ve spent well over a year and a half going through most of Paul’s epistles … It’s been quite a journey, and I pray you have been blessed. For the next few weeks, we’re going to visit the epistles from Peter.
And may I pray, as Peter prayed: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure!

We start our review of 1 Peter with hope—a living hope. We who follow Christ, who have personal relationships with Him, have been offered a great mercy from our Lord God.

We are promised an inheritance—imperishable and undefiled—in heaven.

We are promised protection—by the power of God through faith—here on earth.

When I read verses like this, I get homesick. I completely resonate with Paul’s words to the Philippians: “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Phil. 1:23).

It gives me a hope I can live with on earth to know one day the cares and sufferings I experience now won’t even be a memory. I’ll be in the presence of the triune God!

Now, that’s a hope I can live with!

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