1 Peter 1:3-9
Praise be to 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–kept in heaven for you, who through faith, are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trails. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which pershishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and 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 your are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Today all people worldwide need to hear the truth of God’s word that Peter now speaks to new Jewish Christians who are facing percecusion and trails. God in his mercy has given all who will receive in faith, a new birth and living hope now available by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even though we do not see him, we must love and believe in him. When we suffer trails, we can rejoice and know that trails will prove our faith in Christ to be genuine that will result in the salvation of our soul with praise, glory and honor. May your faith be increased today by the reading and hearing of God’s word.
Father thank you for faith to believe your word of truth offering each of us your salvation filled with hope, love and joy. Remind us how we can bring your hope, love and joy to others in this time of fighting the battle of darkness that is all around us. Help us to see the needs (spiritual and physical) of others and to share with our neighbors; build our faith strong in you; teach us our path of life that we need to follow; fill our hearts with joyful praise to you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.