Tuesday, February 12, 2008

1 Peter 1:3-9

Praise to God for a Living Hope
3Praise be to the 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, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though 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, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

So many of the things we tend to cling to or hold on to are not lasting. The people we love die. Things are spoiled all the time for us whether it be food or the plans we make. The possessions we have can fade as can the happiness we experience from things of this world. But we have an inheritance that cannot perish, spoil or fade. We have living hope. We have new birth. We have a Savior Who died and rose for us. And we are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy because we receive salvation. I love these words in 1 Peter, and they are so good to cling to when faced with the difficulties and “suckiness” of life.

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