1st and 2nd Books of Peter Study (Part 1)
I am following Courtney at Women Living Well as she blogs through the Bible one chapter at a time. We started with Esther and learned about bravery and humility. This week we are reading the 1st and 2nd books of Peter.
I have to tell you that these letters are my most favorite parts of the Bible! Beautiful words of encouragement and love pour from each page. Peter truly wants to remind us that we are to show one another love in abundance, and he, himself, pours love out as he writes! I love them so much that I have to do more than one post!
In 1 Peter, Chapter 1, he reminds us “3 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” Just focus on Jesus Christ’s return! It’s ALL you have to worry about.
In chapter 2 he says, “ Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
He continues, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
I have to say that this is something I wish I could carry around my neck as a reminder to myself as well as a reminder to other Christians I meet! It is very hard to live without any of these negative feelings ALL the time! Envy and gossip seem to be the 2 that are abundant in my life.
So many times, I hear others judging people who are not believers, saying terrible things to them. I meet people who are non-believers that say they have been turned off from becoming a Christian because of the way they see some Christians act..not with love and humility trying to set the example that Peter says we should set, but with judgement and self-righteous attitudes towards those who do not believe what we do.
That’s why I think these letters from Peter are so special: he tells us with love and kindness how it is we should treat others. He not only can say, “Do what I say, ” he can also say, “Do what I do!”
My VERY favorite part of this reading is this: “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
I see SO many women who are in church with their kids and their husbands are at home. I know it is hard to be there without him. I know you must wonder what others are thinking. Do they think you are divorced or separated? Do they think he is a bad man for not being there? I encourage you to continue your path and do what you know is godly and right! Do not worry what others must think of you! God knows you are trying to be the woman described in this scripture!
Lastly, Peter writes in chapter 3, verse 8-9 “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
More lovely words from Peter encouraging us to treat each other with love and compassion! Did I say that I loved these letters?
Are you reading along with the Good Morning Girls? Let me know how your study is going! I love to hear new takes on scripture!