1:5-7• who by Gods power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold - gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away - and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. • My faith is going to protect me and get me through the things that are heading my way throughout my life. Although I may have suffering, after all, if I do not have suffering to gain victory, then it is a lie that Satan commonly uses. However, despite any trial or suffering that I could possibly go through, God will get me through it and for every trial I get through I can be joyful in getting through it. This is so precious that even Satan cannot give me something more valuable.
1:22-23• You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart. You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. • I do feel a love of people in my life now. I really feel each day that the old me is dying more and more and what comes out more then anything is love. This is really like a new birth for me.
2:1-3• So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, if you have experienced the Lords kindness. Lord help me to get rid of all evil and deceit in my life. I do not want these things to get in my way of serving you. Instead I want the milk that you are offering me and I want to desire nothing but you in my life.
2:21-25For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you tofollow in his steps. He committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. When he wasmaligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committedhimself to God who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we maycease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed. For you weregoing astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of yoursouls.• When I am confronted by people for the things that I have wronged, I believe I can learn a lesson from this passage. Though Christ was innocent, I am not. How can I possibly answer back? How can I possibly defend myself? I can I possibly retaliate? I really have no excuse. The only defense I can give is that I have repented of my old life. Even though Christ has forgiven and is not going to hold my sin against me, that does not mean that for the people I have wronged I do not need to do this. It is the least I can do for Christ bearing my sin and taking it to the Cross. Through this, I have been striving forward in Christ.
3:7• Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. • I really feel as if until now I have really failed in doing this. That I have not I have not been very considerate and that I have not shown honor to Mary. I really pray that if God keeps us together that God can help me learn how to be the kind of husband who loves her and then shows honor and is considerate to her and her needs. If nothing else teach me this God.
3:8-12• Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lords face is against those who do evil. In my life I have always had this hidden desire to want revenge when I have felt wrong. This is not the new life that I have repented of now. Above all, I believe the biggest struggle in my life has been with what I say. This is something that I am going to allow God to work with me on a daily basis. I believe that everyday I will need to repent of evil and keep doing what is good. I want to be one of the righteous that God looks at and hears my prayers.
4:1-2• So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. • I really have felt a lot of suffering in my life I gather. Even now I feel suffering with my current situation. The more I suffer though the more I feel closer to God. The more I cling to Him.
4:7-8• For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. • Lord help continue to help me in this way. I really feel that the last few days I have gained a huge hunger for you and want my mind to be focuse on you in prayer in all I do. Ultimately help me to love as your love covered all my sins.
5:5-6• In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (6) And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand • I seek to be humble in my life and to have people from a distance to sense the amount of humility that I ooze out in my life. I do not want to be prideful, as I want to be with God. I want to be exalted and to continue seeking Him in all I do.
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