1 Peter 5 – October 11
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 5
To the Elders and the Flock
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Walking About | Dyea Rowland
1 Peter 5:8
Peter wants to warn and encourage his readers. He wants them to be watchful always and never lazy.
I caught these words today, “walking about”; Satan isn’t even running. I know he is always looking for an attack, but it says so much here. You’re telling me that I may have become lazy with putting on the armor of God; You’re also telling me that my eyes have come off of You. Attacks are waiting to happen, and Satan is not even in a hurry to find his next victim, as if there are many waiting just for him. I don’t want to fall prey to him. If I’m not seeking You, Satan will devour me if I have a vulnerable moment. Prepare me for the adversary, the devil…especially when I do not anticipate him.
Father, thank You for this warning today. It shows me just how seriously I (anyone) need to stay aware of the devil’s schemes. If he is just walking about, there’s even more of an urgency to wake up from our slumbers. Wake us up; let’s run to prepare. In Your name…Amen.
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