2 Peter 1:1-4 – Greetings

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I am no Bible scholar. This devotional is meant for reflections only and to get you thinking about your relationship with God. I was however, taken by all of the discussion I read about the authorship of 2 Peter. If not Peter, then it was an individual who was an educated Greek speaker from a Jewish background. I am not going to get caught up in the “who” but only in the “what.” Let’s see what we can unpack today.

This letter opens with a standard greeting and time of thanksgiving. Is there anything in the opening that strikes you? I suppose for me it was the idea that my faith was given to me. I suppose when you think about it, where else would faith come from? It didn’t just appear, and apparently faith isn’t something we create in ourselves. Faith is precious and we should treat it that way. Continue reading “2 Peter 1:1-4 – Greetings”

1 Peter 5:12-14 – Encouraged with Grace

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This may seem like a short reading, but it’s powerful. Peter is closing his letter in a style common for the day. He is sending greetings from those closest to him, Silas and Mark, and the sister congregation. I understand that his reference to Babylon  really refers to Rome. I can’t explain why he just didn’t say Rome, but that is probably something related to the time of writing.

Encouragement. We all need it from time to time. Like every day, don’t we? There is always some obstacle, challenge, question, or to-do list item that requires us to want a little push or nudge. When it comes to matters of faith, however, staying strong and focused is always something we need to keep in perspective.  Continue reading “1 Peter 5:12-14 – Encouraged with Grace”

1 Peter 5:5-11 – Blessings Abound

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This passage really spoke to me today as a leader. There is so much hope here to keep us going full of encouragement. We need to be humble leaders, not proud and arrogant. God has gifted us to lead, so we should lead, not be interested in all the attention.

I know for me personally, I am uncomfortable when somebody compliments me. I need to get better at accepting kind words while still honoring God with my humility. For me, it’s a hard distinction. I’m sure I’m not alone. Continue reading “1 Peter 5:5-11 – Blessings Abound”

1 Peter 5:1-4 – Elders as Leaders

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I always thought the term “elder” meant an old person in church leadership. However, I grew up in a tradition that rarely used the term “elder” at all. Now that I am serving as an elder in our current church, I have to say I don’t feel old! It’s clear being an elder doesn’t necessarily refer to the age of a person, but rather their maturity of faith. You don’t normally see new Christians as elders.

An elder brings wisdom to the community. As members of the body of Christ, we each have our experiences to draw upon. We share these experiences along with our gifts as a benefit to the whole church body. Our passage today sets out the expectations for elders leading the church community.  Continue reading “1 Peter 5:1-4 – Elders as Leaders”

1 Peter 4:12-19 – It’s Not All Sunshine & Roses

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It has been clear as we’ve been reading 1 Peter that the life of a Christian will not be problem free. We can expect to take a hit because of our faith. It comes with the territory. However, for that suffering, we should be glad. God sees and watches how we handle it. Do we run and hide, or do we persevere feeling the joy of salvation despite our situation?

We may not all experience persecution for our beliefs. In fact, you may be wondering what all of this is all about. We know that even Jesus was questioned by teachers of the law. So, how can we be immune? Continue reading “1 Peter 4:12-19 – It’s Not All Sunshine & Roses”