1 Peter 2:13-25 – October 5
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 2:13-25 – Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Because He Suffered | Jess Howell
1 Peter 2:21
There are so many hurting and suffering people in this world. Too many to count, and too many to pray for on an individual basis, so you have to pray for them collectively. Their suffering may be from their own sins or foolishness while others are a result of our fallen world. BUT if you suffer because of doing good, then you are following Jesus’ example.
I find that I’ll often compare my pain and suffering to that of others that have suffered in order to feel better about my own life. As well, I’ll use those same statements to try and teach my kids about how good they have life. It doesn’t seem like the right thing to do or say, but without it, I fear I would raise naive spoiled kids. For example, I recently outlawed them from saying “starving” EVER. They are 100% NOT starving; much of the world has kids that are TRULY starving.
God, I thank You for Your reminder to be praying for those that suffer, and for those that go hungry every single day. Remind me that if I’m suffering for GOOD, then it is for Your glory and NOT my own. Help me teach my children that there are so many hurting people in the world, and our heart must be to turned to help at all times. Amen.
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