SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 1:3-9
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What brings you joy? What gives you hope in life? In today’s passage, Peter wants to direct our eyes and focus toward the one true source of joy and hope. This letter was written in a time filled with trouble and persecution.
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. –1 Peter 1:3
Peter calls his readers to bless God. This undying hope rests on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of His resurrection, we shall also live. God will preserve us and our inheritance until we receive it.
However, Peter tells us trials are necessary. God uses them to perfect His children (James 1). They can often rob us of joy, but Peter urges readers to remember this truth. Trials will refine faith just as the fire will purify gold. Trials reveal that our faith is valuable, proven, and glorious. We can rejoice greatly in this hope.
These words from the well-known hymn:
My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
SONG: "Hope Has A Name" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTYsapLrOto