Morning Devotion: Read I Peter

1 Peter 1:6  ¶Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

There is a song often sung in the churches, it goes like this: “My Jesus, I Love thee, I know thou art mine for thee all the glories of sin I resign.”

There is no one living that has ever seen Jesus, no one. Yet, we have the same opinion as Peter and John the Apostle. 1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

1 Peter 1: 8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

For the believer, there is a special love for Him. Yes, we do love Him because He first loved us.

Even though we have never seen the Lord, we know Him because greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world. In that relationship there is a love that most people do not know because they do not know the Lord Jesus.

The love of the Lord Jesus was so great in the lives of His Apostles and others that they gave their lives for Christ rather than capitulate with the world’s idolatry.  James was beheaded, Philip was crucified, Matthew was slain with a halberd, James the less was bludgeoned, Mark was dragged to pieces, Peter, who wrote this book, was crucified upside down. Paul gave neck to the sword; Jude was crucified and the list goes on and on.

If this thing of Christianity were a fallacy or a thing that passes with time and culture the men and women of Christ would never have given their lives for such. Yet, those who are saved, those who are born-again and have experienced Christ’s love are those who love Him in return.  

1 Peter 1:6  ¶Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Yes, 2022 may bring manifold temptations and people may be in heaviness but that will never change our love for the Lord Jesus. Yes, our faith may be tried but that will never change our love for the Lord Jesus.

Even though we do not see the Lord, we love the Lord and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

It is easy to say we love someone when things are all going well and circumstances are good. It is another thing to do so when there are temptations and heaviness of heart.

I am remined of an incident where a group of believers, being persecuted, were forced to remove their cloths and were marched to a frozen lake. There in the middle of the lake they huddled until they froze to death one by one. It was during this time they sang of their love for Jesus. One of the soldiers seeing this great love was gloriously saved. He then removed his own cloths and joined them to death.

You really have nothing to complain about and everything to rejoice about. How do you handle life’s little inconveniences, do you complain and grumble or do you rejoice?

As we enter into 2022, let us build on our most holy faith and endeavour to love the Lord Jesus with all our heart soul and mind.

1 Peter 1: 8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook