Dear Christian Friend,
I hope this beautiful Monday finds you well. Here is a Scripture for your encouragement today from 1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV):
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
I have always loved this passage. As a basic praise to God it is wonderfully phrased, and focuses rightly upon his mercy as well as his sovereignty in bringing us to have a living hope. I love knowing that this living hope is real, outside of me, and that nobody can mess it up. God is keeping it ready – waiting to reveal it at the last time. It reminds me that I must stay in faith, but that he will keep me there – he is guarding me in faith, protecting me in it, that I may endure and receive the promise. I also love that it puts the trials of life in proper perspective. No matter what comes down the pike for me, I am receiving the salvation of my soul, and life eternal with God in a new heaven and new earth (which he will talk about in the next letter). If you’re having a bad day, just remember these words.
This is a great passage to memorize.