What a beautiful morning! Storms are expected to be moving in, but…
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed is God! He is preserving our inheritance in heaven — our salvation. It is imperishable, undefiled and unfading. Bring on the storm — because what is waiting for us will not fade. It will not fail. We may suffer through various trials and be tested by fire, but we will rejoice! Our faith allows us to rejoice. All that we experience, all that we endure allows us to give all praise, all glory and all honor to Jesus Christ. He suffered and died for us so that we would know. So that we would believe. So that we would have faith. So that we would know God. So that our faith — the genuineness of our faith — would lead us back to God.
Peter goes on to say:
Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ as of a spotless unblemished lamb. He was known before the foundation of the world but revealed in the final time for you, who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:17-21
Jesus, through his precious blood, ransomed us from our futile conduct — from our sin. He suffered and died, just so we would know. Just so we would have faith and hope in Him. God’s love is so immense, so pure — it is greater than any love we can experience. I want to love like Him.
Peter instructs us:
Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a [pure] heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for:
“All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
1 Peter 1:22-25
Although I have not seen you, I believe. I rejoice in you. I have joy because of you. I love you. Help me to love like you.