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Read 1 Peter 1:3-9

Wednesday

Read 1 Peter 1:3-9


3 Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, 4and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. 5They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God’s power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
6 Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. 7Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honour on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, 9because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him.

Think


We are filled with a living hope.  But - Peter also reminds us - it won't be an easy road.  Peter calls us to rejoice through these trials; we have hope - and in hope - we find that our trials can turn into blessings.

Pray


In the words of Peter:  Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death.

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