Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Looking Forward to the End

How would you respond to an article or feature entitled, "Three Reasons Why You Can Stand Anything That Comes Your Way?" To me it sounds like a bestseller! That's the kind of information I would grab onto (and also grab for ever friend of mine and every person I know who is suffering in any way)!
Well, dear friend, as we approach this next lesson, Peter has a powerful- and hopeful!- message for us as we suffer for doing what's right. He gives us three reasons why we can stand anything that comes our way.

Reason #1 We can stand anything Because of what we are able to look forward to- the magnificent inheritance of life with God.

Reason #2 We can stand anything if we remember that every trial is, in fact, a test.

Reason #3 We can stand anything because, at the end of it,when Jesus Christ appears, we will receive from Him praise and glory and honor.

1Peter 1:3-9
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

1 comment:

Rosebud said...

That was excellent too. :) :) :)