READING: 1 Peter 2
In view of the gift of salvation, Peter urges believers to grow in holiness and to purify themselves in obedience to the truth (1:13–2:12). As “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession” (2:9), they should grow up in their salvation and manifest a new quality of life before a watching world. This gift of salvation is best expressed on a relational level by an attitude of submission and service to others (2:13–3:12). Believers should submit for the Lord’s sake to those in government and to those who personally have authority over them (2:13–20), and this attitude of submission to God’s purposes is best illustrated in the undeserved suffering of Christ (2:21–25) who suffered sinlessly, silently, and as a substitute for others.
Lord, may I put aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, and long for the pure milk of the Word so that by it I may grow in respect to salvation.
Meditation passage: verses 1–3, 9, 24–25
Prayer for Strength
All things are possible with You, God. Nothing is impossible with You. Amen.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
Prayer for Forgiveness
Great Healer, be gracious to me. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You. Forgive me. Thank you for your grace.
“I said, “O LORD, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against You.””
Adapted from A Topical Guide to God’s Promises
GOD’S WORDS BRING LIFE
What the Lord Says
(1 Kings 22:14)
Micaiah doesn’t add to or subtract from the Lord’s message but speaks only what the Lord has told him. Micaiah didn’t win any popularity contests by doing so—and neither will we. But “just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not intending to please people, but to please God, who examines our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 3 > The Doctrine of Future Things > Second Coming
For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then will recompense every man according to his deeds. (Matthew 16:27)