Devotions for December 8, 2017

1 PETER 1:3-7

The Hope of Eternal Life
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

6 So be truly glad.[a] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

LIVING HOPE

Through the resurrection of Jesus, we have a LIVING hope in an inheritance that will NEVER perish, spoil, or fade. How remarkable! Hope is not just a word we use to make others feel better. It LIVES within us. It changes how you see the world, how you see others, how you see yourself.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How does Peter describe life as a Christian?

Q: Peter describes living with a confident hope and having great expectations in life, setting our eyes on things eternal. How does this compare to your perspective on life?

Q: During the Christmas season a lot of focus is put on material things and there is a lot of hope and anticipation for Christmas to arrive. Peter reminds us of the priceless, intangible gifts from God. How will you and your family acknowledge and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas?

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