After you suffer for a while

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5.10

Suffering. Nobody likes it. No one wants to suffer. Sometimes when a person becomes a Christian, they think that their suffering is over. Life is going to become a bed of rose petals. Yet the Bible teaches differently. Mathew 5.11 teaches that a person is happy or blessed when they are persecuted for righteousness. Persecution is suffering. God allowed Satan to take everything from Job: his family, his wealth, and his health. That is suffering. In Acts 5.17-41 we read where the apostles are put in prison and eventually beaten. But they left the council rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of Jesus. James tells us in James 1. 2-4 that the testing of our faith (suffering) produces endurance and endurance helps us to mature and be perfect or complete in our faith, not lacking in anything. Whenever we are suffering, our attitude should be one of joy. We should search for the lesson that we are to learn and grow from the situation. Did you notice what happens after you suffer for a little while? God will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. That is cause for rising joy!

#risingjoy #1-Peter #suffering

God of all grace, 1 Peter 5.10

“And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

1 Peter 5.10

The Worldwide English version translates “God of all grace” as “God gives all blessings.” All that is good comes from God and is found in Christ.

Suffering brings us to the God of all grace. We find in him our “fount of every blessing.” We obey and are faithful, but the work of saving and establishing is his.

#votd #1-Peter #God

Serve one another, 1 Peter 4.10

“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.”

1 Peter 4.10

Every single Christian receives gifts to be put to use in the body of Christ. To be a good steward, one must use them to serve the saints.

God is a giver. From his varied grace, he gives me a gift of some sort to serve. What is that gift? How can it be used? What needs are there in the body that it can meet?

#votd #1-Peter #gifts

Finally, all of you

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

1 Peter 3.8 ESV

The first step to avoid returning evil with evil is to develop a loving relationship in the family of faith. Peter cites five qualities in chiastic form, with brotherly love as the central element.

Am I motivated by the best intentions? Do I speak loving words? Do kindness and tenderness mark my interactions? Is my goal to understand and appreciate my brother?

#votd #1-Peter #love

Yearn like newborn infants: 1 Peter 2.1-3

“So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lord’s kindness.”

1 Peter 2.1-3

Growth is in the direction of salvation. Without growth, no one can be saved. There are no spiritual infants in heaven. The way to growth is through the word of God.

If you are not growing spiritually, only one solution is possible: repentance. How to yearn for God’s word? Start reading it!

#votd #Bible #1-Peter

I’ve been without Internet at the offic…

I’ve been without Internet at the office all morning, finally called the company, and, though the promised tech guy has yet to appear, perhaps he fiddled in the field to get service restored.

I loved Phil’s comparison of the gospels to his four daughters. It’s certainly a hard choice to make, if indeed we ought to show a preference to a book of the Bible, but today’s Daily Nudge asks (OK, so I’m behind the nudging), so here goes.

While the gospels do hold a special place, since they reveal so many details of our Lord’s life, I’m going to go with 1 Peter. Unlike Paul, Peter — not unlike Mark, who supposedly represents his perspective — in his first epistle is compact, but chocked full of detail. His letter is dense, like the short, trimmed lawn grass with a thick carpet of green blades. I like that, suppose it fits my style or something, or his emphases touch on my needs.

I reserve the right to swap out later, but for now, 1 Peter is my choice.

#1-peter, #bible, #nt