3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)
I have a living hope, a hope that does not die and does not fade. My hope is in Jesus and the work that He has already done for me. My hope relies on the power of God and and I am so thankful because I know the He never fails and never falters.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1: 6 – 9)
I am thankful for the faith that God has given me because it is a gift from Him. To my Heavenly Father, my faith is more precious than gold or jewels and it is His desire to refine it to perfection. In order to do this He allows various trials to come in to my life that test me and strengthen me as I rely on Him. Trials and tribulation are not comfortable but the end result is a life that gives praise, honor and glory to God. In this I rejoice because I know that the ultimate expression of my faith is found in the salvation of my soul through Jesus Christ my Lord.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 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)
I will continue to call on my Father who loves me and sent His only Son to die for me. I know that I have been redeemed at the highest possible price and that I must conduct myself in a way that pleases Him as I walk through this life. God’s ultimate expression of love was shown through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who God chose before the foundation of the world. Before I knew Him he loved me and provided a way for me to be with Him forever, both in this life and beyond. I have been reconciled to God and made right with Him through that one precious, glorious act and I can do nothing but be eternally thankful to Him who saved me soul and redeemed my life.
Thank you, Father, for your words that always bring life!